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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > South Bend Area Genealogical Society Lecture-The Orphan Train South Bend Area Genealogical Society Lecture-The Orphan Train

The celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial is in fact the story/celebration of its people either native born or adopted into our State family. It is estimated that nearly 13,000 children were placed in the states between the years of 1850-1900’s. These homeless immigrant children of many national origins left a destitute life on the streets of New York and Baltimore for the rural farms or city homes of charitable Indiana families. Many grew up to be farmers, teachers and local businessmen and very little fell prey to a life of crime.

The South Bend Genealogical Society has engaged Educator, Author & Genealogist Barbara Cook to lecture at the November 30, 2015 meeting on the New York City Children’s Aid Society Orphan Trains. Aside from the education value of Mrs. Cooks lecture as a society we will attempt to identify as many local descendants of Orphan Train adoptee’s as possible prior to the event. We will invite and honor them at the lecture.

  • Organization: South Bend Area Genealogical Society
  • County: St. Joseph
  • Contact: James F. Piechorowski, 574-293-7460,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-78
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