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        Splitting up Siblings on the Orphan Trains | West by Orphan Train

        Since many families did not want to take more than one child, some brothers and sisters riding on the Orphan Trains during the late 1800s and early 1900s had to be separated. When this happened, the organizations placing the children tried to keep siblings in the same area. This segment from the West by Orphan Train documentary includes archival photographs, historical re-enactments, a first-person account from Orphan Train rider Stanley Cornell, and an interview with Amanda Wahlmeier, former Curator at the National Orphan Train Complex.

        Check out the entire Experiences of Orphan Train Riders Collection.


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