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"Orphan Train Riders Dolls" e-mail josephinesfamily@aol.com

From 1854 until the early 1930's, over 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, homeless children and poor families were relocated from New York City, Boston, and Chicago to new homes in the "West". First known as the "free-home-placing-out" the mass movement is now called the "Orphan Trains Era".

Orphan Train Riders were America's first documented foster children. To commemorate this very important time in American history, Lucille Gruppo has created a special doll series entitled "Orphan Train Riders", encompassing the growing collection of "Josephine's Family".