UPDATE: Because of last weekend’s snowstorm, this event was postponed until this Saturday, April 21.
A presentation about the historic Orphan Train is the featured program during the annual meeting of the Kewaunee County Historical Society, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the History Center, 217 Ellis St., Kewaunee.
Guest speaker Don Youniss will take visitors to a time when children were taken by train to the western United States to fill a need of finding homes for abandoned children.
The Orphan Train movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes, located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The Orphan Trains operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children.
It’s estimated as many as 2,700 children were resettled in Wisconsin through the Orphan Train movement.
The annual meeting program will follow Youniss’ presentation, with a social and light lunch and refreshments. The society’s board of directors will be introduced, and plans for the future will be discussed.
The Historical Society also plans to announce this year’s Volunteer of the Year during the annual meeting.