The keynote address at this year’s FGS conference promises to be both educational and entertaining. Plan now to attend the opening session, Riders on the Orphan Trains, on Thursday morning, August 28.
Using multi-media, they will tell the story of the Orphan Trains that carried over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children across the United States between 1854 and 1929. These children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations in every state in the continental United States with the last train stopping in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929.
Presenters Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore combine live music, a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors to tell the stories of these children.
Alison Moore is a former assitant professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizon and a current Humanities Scholar in Texas, and the author of the novel Riders on the Orphan Train. Phil Lancaster was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and studied art and music at L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in Angers, France. He became a member of a bluegrass band that toured throughout France and produced an album entitled “Bluegrass Oldies Ltd./Traveling Show.” He is presenter of “Riders on the Orphan Train,” the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex.