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The American Experience — Orphan Trains 

When: Sun., Oct. 2, 12 p.m. 2011
Price: Free
ppld.org

Before the modern foster care system, poor and homeless children in the U.S. were plucked from their homes — or the streets — and shipped around the country to be cared for by a new family. They were transported by train, and stood in groups at stations for a stranger to choose them. These orphan trains distributed about 100,000 children across rural America, some with good results, others not. Learn more about this largely unknown history at a free screening of American Experience — The Orphan Trains at noon today at the Monument Library (1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, ppld.org). Another showing will be held next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Library. — Edie Adelstein

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