In researching her upcoming historical fiction series about the Orphan Trains, The Orphan Train Saga, Author Sherry A. Burton has put together several presentations that are sure to entertain persons of all ages. Sherry incorporates a visual aid presentation to keep the audience involved. During her forty-five-minute presentation, Sherry’s goal is to entertain, enlighten and educate the minds of everyone in attendance. Sherry’s presentations are perfect for schools, Libraries, Colleges, Historical Society’s, Woman’s Groups, or anyone wishing to discover tidbits of hidden history.
The History of the Orphan Trains
Did you know that at one time there were over thirty thousand children of all ages living on the streets in New York City? Boys and girls as young as four and five years old, living and working for pennies a day. In a time before child labor laws, boys and girls worked alongside men and women in factories to help put food on the table. Oftentimes children would resort to thievery or join gangs just to survive. Growing old in those times was a rarity. One man, Charles Loring Brace, made it his life’s mission to help these children. His vision while not perfect helped to relocate many of New York’s homeless children to rural settings across the county and by doing so offered them a life they may not have otherwise seen. While no one knows the exact number, estimates show over two hundred thousand children were relocated in the seventy-five year run of the trains we now know as the Orphan Trains. Care to learn more?
A Look Back in Time, Reading Presentation
As an author, Sherry knows firsthand the importance of reading. She also knows that to become a good author a person must read. Reading is the key to expanding one’s mind, and absorbing information no matter the genre. With that in mind, Sherry has put together a program that will help children realize what a gift it is to be able to read. Travel back in time as Sherry discusses the early challenges of reading. The formation of libraries, bookmobiles, Packhorse Librarians and Moonlight Schools, all of which were created to help people discover the written word.
Inspiring Women in History
You have heard of Rosie the Riveter and Rosa Parks, but have you heard of Anna Laura Hill, Ellen Woodward, Cora Wilson Stewart, or Mary Mcleod Bethune? These women and others like them helped to shape our history and yet, very little of their endeavors is public knowledge. Sherry’s lecture will take you to a time where these incredible women stepped out of what society deemed the norm to pave the way for others to follow. An exciting look at inspiring women who have pioneered history.
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