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FREEPORT, Ill. — Attendance at the program by Clark Kidder was so overwhelming that the meeting room was at capacity. An encore presentation by Kidder has been set for 7 p.m,., Monday, Jan. 28, at Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill.
Kidder’s presentation will focus on the experiences of his paternal grandmother, who was one of the thousands of orphan children brought by trains from New York City and Boston to the Midwest in the early years of the 20th century.
A resident of Janesville, Wis., Kidder is author of Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo and Emily’s Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. In addition, Kidder has written seven other books, as well as numerous articles for periodicals.
The PowerPoint program of Kidder’s is being sponsored by the Stephenson County Museum, Freeport Public Library, and the Illinois Humanities Council. The exhibit “Stephenson County Journey Stories: The Role of the Railroads,” currently at Freeport Public Library, is the basis for Kidder’s program.
“Stephenson County Journey Stories” is a parallel program to the exhibit “Journey Stories” created by The Smithsonian Institution and presently on display at Freeport Public Library.
The program will allow time for questions and answers. Admission to the program is free, but attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Cookies and coffee are being provided courtesy of the Freeport Public Library Foundation. The speaker will have copies of his Orphan Train-themed books for sale and signing at the program.
Posted Jan. 23, 2013