NATIONAL ORPHAN TRAIN COMPLEX

The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children and agents who rode them. The museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming, and research will engage riders, researchers, and the general public and create an awareness of the Orphan Train Movement.

 

Concordia, KS has chosen to honor the movement by installing over 20 bronze statues in memory of actual Orphan Train Riders. Many more will be installed over the next few years. If you have some free time during your visit to Concordia, you should take the Statue Stroll to learn the courageous stories of the Orphan Train Riders.

OPENING HOURS

If you are planning on visiting the museum please call ahead to confirm the Complex is open. The Curator may unexpectedly be called away from the Complex.

Mon: By Appointment Only
Tue: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wed: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: Closed

ADMISSION

$7 Adult
$6 Military Discount
$4 Children Ages 4-12
$5 Group Rate (10 or more)

CONTACT US

Mailing Address

PO Box 322

Concordia, KS 666901

Location

300 Washington St

Concordia, KS 66901

Phone

785-243-4471

Staff

Shaley K. George

Curator

IN THE NEWS

National Orphan Train Complex On Pace For Third Consecutive Record-Setting Attendance Year

July 6, 2017

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

The National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia is on pace to have its third-straight record-breaking year after more than 3,500 people have visited the Complex's Museum and Research Center in the first-half of 2017.

Located at 300 Washington Street in Concordia, the National Orphan Train Complex's Museum and Research Center is dedicated to the preservation of the stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929.

In 2015, the Complex hosted a record 3,506 visitors, up nearly 800 visitors from the year prior. But in 2016, those numbers were shattered when the Complex welcomed 5,107 individuals.

Shaley George, Curator of the National Orphan Train Complex, told KNCK News Thursday, July 6th they are currently over 750 people ahead of last year's visitor totals thanks in large part to more than 1,700 people visiting them last month, including a sizable turnout for their annual Orphan Train Riders Celebration that was held June 1st through June 4th.

Senator Pat Roberts Recognizes National Orphan Train Complex For Their Outstanding Research And Preservation Of History

May 31, 2017

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Ahead of this week's Orphan Train Riders Celebration in Concordia, United States Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas formally recognized the work of the National Orphan Train Complex, praising them for "their outstanding research and preservation of our Nation's history" in the Congressional Record.

The National Orphan Train Complex is hosting the 15th Annual Celebration of Orphan Train Riders on Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4 in Concordia. This year's celebration will include a BBQ Dinner Thursday night, the Grand Opening and Dedication of their Legend Train Car and a Chair-ity Auction at the Broadway Plaza on Friday, and a Mystery Bus Tour Saturday. Saturday night, their keynote speaker will be Jimmy Wayne, a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. He will speak at the Brown Grand Theatre at 7 pm.

The following is Senator Pat Roberts' recognition this month of the Orphan Train Movement:

"Mr. President, I would like to acknowledge an important event in our history, the Orphan Train Movement. This movement is not only extremely important to Kansas; it also placed approximately 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in homes across the United States. The National Orphan Train Complex, which is headquartered in our very own Concordia, KS -- also known as Orphan Train Town -- continues to tell stories of children who were impacted by these orphan trains.

City Commission Proclaims Concordia As "The Orphan Train Town"

January 19, 2017

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Noting their desire to recognize and promote the City of Concordia's identification with the Orphan Train Movement, the Concordia City Commission has proclaimed the city be designated as "The Orphan Train Town."

The news comes as an exciting kick-off to 2017 for those involved with the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia.

Following a record-breaking 2016 that saw 5,107 individuals visit the Complex, this year will mark 10-years since the opening of the Museum and Research Center in Concordia, 30-years since the founding of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, and the 100th birthday for the Union Pacific Railroad Depot, the historic railroad depot that is home to the National Orphan Train Complex.

"We have started off on a branding effort calling Concordia 'The Orphan Train Town'", City Manager Larry Uri said at the Wednesday, January 18th Concordia City Commission meeting. "We wanted something that is genuinely singular about the town, and is not forced or contrived. We have high hopes for this effort."

City Manager Uri said the branding effort came to light following last year's launch of the Orphan Train Statue Project that matches businesses in Concordia with a bronze statue that pays tribute to an Orphan Train rider.

The statues come from the Randolph Rose Collection in Yonkers, New York, a family-owned and operated company that specializes in handmade bronze garden sculpture, statues, fountains and accessories for home, garden and public spaces. They place their collection of Bronze Statuary with Libraries, Municipalities, Schools, Parks, Recreation Facilities, Art Galleries, Retailers, Builders, Designers, Landscape Architects, Golf Facilities, Charitable Organizations and Private Home Owners.

New Statues in Kansas Commemorate Orphan Train Movement

November 30, 2016

Diana Lambdin Meyer

Chicago Tribune

A new bronze statue of a little girl sits on a sidewalk in Concordia, Kan. Her name is Miriam Zitur, and she's a darling little thing, about 6 years old with pigtails and bare feet.

Miriam is among the first of several dozen statues representing real children that are popping up on the streets of this north central Kansas town of fewer than 6,000 residents. The statues celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the National Orphan Train Complex that opened at 300 Washington St. in 2007.

The facility, a former Union Pacific Railroad Depot, is a museum and research center dedicated to the so-called Orphan Train movement, through which an estimated 250,000 children were relocated by rail to homes throughout North America between 1854 and 1929. The museum explores a time when abandoned, orphaned and neglected children, many the offspring of poor immigrants, were left to fend for themselves on the streets of New York.

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