Peru library will host orphan train program


PERU — On Thursday, Feb. 15, Carol Chandler will present Orphan Trains of Northern Illinois at the Peru Public Library.

Between 1854 and 1929, mroe than 250,000 homeless and orphaned children from crowded eastern U.S. cities were transported to new homes all over the country. These orphan trains, the largest child migration program in the United States, had a significant impact on the settlement of the Midwest.

Chandler became aware of orphan trains when she learned a friend’s grandmother came west on an orphan train. Her research covers northwestern Illinois and adjoining counties in Wisconsin and Iowa.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. and end about 7:30 p.m. The library is located at 1409 11th Street in Peru. This program is free and all ages are invited. However, registration is requested so sufficient chairs are available to everyone. To register, call 815-223-0229, email or stop bythe library.