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Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains



This is a presentation for an informal learning exhibit that I created for my EDTEC 671 course.

This is a presentation for an informal learning exhibit that I created for my EDTEC 671 course.



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  • Visitors board a replica of a train much like the orphan trains sent west. Half of the train contains seating like the original trains. The other half of the train is an elevated stage. Passengers will be visited by actors depicting people who rode the trains during this time (agents, children ….) Q & A will be available before the train de-boards (When live performances are not available children can play in the puppet theater and tell stories from their perspective)

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  • Orphan Trains Informal Learning Exhibit Proposal Between 1854 and 1930, an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 children were shipped from the eastern US to western states and territories
  • Conditions • Overcrowding • Disease • Family Breakdown
  • Placing Out
  • Need for Exhibit
  • Target Audience Mixed Age Groups
  • Learning Outcomes • List the conditions that led up to the orphan train movement • Identify three characteristics of the placing out system • Identify the difference and similarities between legally indentured children and legally adopted children during this time
  • Charitable Organizations p Charitable Organizations l I a n ENTER c Home for Children's New York f a Placing Out o Little Aid Foundling r Wanderers Society Hospital d K Societal Train Platform/Walkway Conditions K TRAIN (What was it like?) “Adoption or Timeline Indenture ” Block Interactive Wall Map Reflection Showcase INFO EXIT “Our Stories” Theater Lecture Room Kiosks
  • Exhibit Overview
  • Entrance Exhibit Visuals Activities • ID tags issued •Photo Wall • Optional activities distributed •Placard (Life in Pictures, A Moment in Time, Can You See Me)
  • Social Conditions Video Video images depicting societal conditions in the cities of NY and Boston in the mid 1800’s
  • Charitable Organizations Audio Tour Describing the history and practices of the •NY Founding Hospital •Home for Little Wanderers • Children's Aid Society Collect Parent & agent letters
  • Placing Out Audio Tour/ Video Clips/Photos The placing out process is described here via video clips and images Collect blank indenture forms and newspaper advertisements
  • Train Platform Kiosk Contains touch screen KIOSK with interactive games to test visitors knowledge Audio Enhanced replica of real train station
  • Train Audio Enhanced Simulation Puppet Theater Play
  • Map & Timeline
  • Indenture/Adoption Block Animatronics Facts Story-telling
  • Our Stories Photo & Video clips chronicle the lives of four different orphans
  • Theater& Chipping Film: Three different documentary's on the orphan train movement are shown daily. (11m/1pm/3pm)
  • Lecture Hall Storytelling •Surviving orphan train riders share their stories. •Q & A session after lecture
  • Reflection Showcase& Chipping Art Reflective art created by grade-schoolers who visited the museum.
  • Exhibit Evaluations Survey’s 1. Experience 2. Comprehension & Retention KIOSKS ID Tags Souvenirs
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