As part of the McPherson County Historical Society’s January meeting, The McPherson Opera House will present the “History of the Orphan Train” by Amanda Wahlmeier, curator of the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia at 2 p.m. Jan. 5. There will be a free will donation.
Wahlmeier will speak on the History of the Orphan Train, the Children’s Aid Society, and some on the McPherson Opera House’s role with the Orphan Trains.
Wahlmeier has completed a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Baker University, and a master’s degree in history at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
The National Orphan Train Complex is a Museum and Research Center that contains exhibits on the Orphan Train Movement and is home to the archives collected by the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America.
The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge to the public about the Orphan Trains and the children and agents who rode them. The presentation is sponsored by the McPherson County Historical Society. For more information, please contact the McPherson Opera House at 620-241-1952.