Orphan Trains




                                           Informal Learning Exhibit Proposal



Between 1854 and 1930, ...
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...
Charitable Organizations
 p                                    Charitable Organizations
 l
                    I
 a
      ...
Exhibit Overview
Entrance
Exhibit

           Visuals    Activities
                     • ID tags issued
•Photo Wall
                     ...
Social Conditions


      Video
 Video images
    depicting
     societal
  conditions in
the cities of NY
 and Boston in
...
Charitable Organizations

      Audio Tour

Describing the history
 and practices of the

  •NY Founding Hospital
•Home fo...
Placing Out


Audio Tour/ Video Clips/Photos


The placing out process is
described here via video clips and
images



   ...
Train Platform

       Kiosk


Contains touch screen
KIOSK with interactive
games to test visitors
knowledge




       Au...
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
   ...
Reflection Showcase&
                            Chipping

          Art
Reflective art created by
 grade-schoolers who
 v...
Exhibit Evaluations
Survey’s
   1. Experience
   2. Comprehension & Retention



                   KIOSKS
               ...
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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)
  • Orphan Trains

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. Conditions • Overcrowding • Disease • Family Breakdown
    3. 3. Placing Out
    4. 4. Need for Exhibit
    5. 5. Target Audience Mixed Age Groups
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. Exhibit Overview
    9. 9. Entrance Exhibit Visuals Activities • ID tags issued •Photo Wall • Optional activities distributed •Placard (Life in Pictures, A Moment in Time, Can You See Me)
    10. 10. Social Conditions Video Video images depicting societal conditions in the cities of NY and Boston in the mid 1800’s
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. Train Platform Kiosk Contains touch screen KIOSK with interactive games to test visitors knowledge Audio Enhanced replica of real train station
    14. 14. Train Audio Enhanced Simulation Puppet Theater Play
    15. 15. Map & Timeline
    16. 16. Indenture/Adoption Block Animatronics Facts Story-telling
    17. 17. Our Stories Photo & Video clips chronicle the lives of four different orphans
    18. 18. Theater& Chipping Film: Three different documentary's on the orphan train movement are shown daily. (11m/1pm/3pm)
    19. 19. Lecture Hall Storytelling •Surviving orphan train riders share their stories. •Q & A session after lecture
    20. 20. Reflection Showcase& Chipping Art Reflective art created by grade-schoolers who visited the museum.
    21. 21. Exhibit Evaluations Survey’s 1. Experience 2. Comprehension & Retention KIOSKS ID Tags Souvenirs
    22. 22. Today

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