An organization formed in 1987 to provide a clearinghouse of information on the estimated 150,000 children who were "placed out" from 1854 to 1929.
The OTHSA collects historical information on the period in an effort to preserve the family histories of children "placed out" on the Orphan Train and the families who raised them. The group also attempts to reunite Orphan Train riders and their descendants with biological relatives. The OTHSA holds an annual reunion of members and guests.
The organization publishes Crossroads, a quarterly newsletter describing current activities as well as true life stories of train riders. In addition, the group sells books about this era and informs readers of recent articles or upcoming television programs on the Orphan Train era.
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©2000 by Christine Adamec and William Pierce, Ph.D. Reprinted from The Encyclopedia of Adoption, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition) with permission of Facts On File, Inc.