Orphan Train Subject of Musical and Conference in Kearney

September 25, 2018 - 5:46pm

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will host their fall musical starting October 3 highlighting the historic Orphan Train Movement when an estimated 250,000 children were relocated from East Coast cities to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929.

A two-day conference on the Orphan Train will proceed the musical. It will include prominent speakers, educators and performing arts professionals discussing the impact of the Orphan Train’s lasting role in history.

It took five years for UNK vocal music professor Anne Foradori to find and contact sources to bring the Orphan Train musical to the Kearney stage, and she says the pairing of the musical and conference will be as educational as it will be entertaining.

“You know, we’re 1500 miles from New York. That’s a long way from home for the children who made their way out here," Foradori said. "So, I hope they go away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the stories of the Orphan Train.”

The conference will take place in Kearney from October 2nd to October 3rd, with the musical taking place from October 3rd to October 7th. at UNK’s Miriam Drake Theatre.

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