The Orphan Train Era
The Orphan Train Era (1853-1929) was the largest mass relocation of children in American history. Over 273,000 children were transported by rail out of Grand Central Station in New York City and sent all across America in search of homes for the homeless. The first trains left New York City in response to the Great Famine in Ireland (1845-1852) when 30,000 orphaned Irish children (Street Arabs) roamed the streets of NYC living in alleyways, wooden boxes and sewer pipes. As the Civil War began children from every ethnic group were on the Orphan Trains. The immigration of 5 million Europeans, Caribbean, South Americans, Asians and Mexicans in the 1880’s, 90’s and the early 20th Century fleeing tyranny, starvation and economic injustice filled the city with revolutionaries, job seekers and large families in an era when there was no social safety net. If a head of the family became disabled because of an accident at work, a fire in the factory or a devastating disease children were the first to suffer. In 1853 when the first Orphan Train left for Michigan there were 30,000 impoverished orphaned children living in alleyways, boxes and sewer pipes.
The Orphan Trains ran out of Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. Some scholars estimate over 500,000 children were put on trains by orphanages, child care agencies, and asylums. The Children’s Aid Society and the Foundling Hospital centralized the use of Orphan Trains in New York City and they ran from 1853-1929. Two boys sent on the same train to Indiana later became Governors of Alaska & North Dakota. Tom has written a number of books on the Orphan Train Era and has videos pertaining to the era which he lectures on at libraries, schools and colleges.
The History of Postal Services from 6,000 Years Ago to the Present
Communication the lifeblood of every society has undergone tremendous advances over the centuries. The ingenuity of man in devising means to communicate over long distances is a tribute to man’s imagination. Dogs, Cats, Camels and reindeer were used at various times until technology improved to the point where steamships, railroads and airplanes aided communication. The fascinating evolution of postal systems is described with images in THE HISTORY OF POSTAL SERVICES FROM 6,000 YEARS TO THE PRESENT.
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Science Fiction Writing Course
Do you enjoy reading your favorite science fiction authors? Did you ever think you would like to write a book? Tom Riley believes anybody can write a book and he’ll teach you how to get it published at no cost. Tom has written 10 books & over 3,000 articles and teaches writing at Westchester Community College.
The Big Green Book
April is Earth Day month. Our hearts and minds should be focused on this precious blue orb floating in space and what we could do each day to make our planet more habitable. Hear author Tom Riley lecture and show a Power Point Presentation on how we are harming our planet and the innovative ways people are acting daily to save our planet.
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GOTCHA! HOW DNA, GENEALOGY & GENETICS ARE SOLVING DECADES LONG COLD CASES
New advancements in genetics & DNA are allowing Genealogists to track down and target criminals and law enforcement to apprehend rapists, murderers, kidnappers, bombers, and terrorists. The innocent are being set free and decades long cold cases are being solved.
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Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop
Have you ever wanted to write a young Adult Novel? Sign up Now! Call Tom Riley at 845-300-4296 & sign up for a 4 session Writing Workshop. You can email him at: tomrileyauthor.com.