Explore the history of Orphan Trains in Illinois, with guest speaker Rochelle Gridley, at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, June 23 at 2pm. From the 1850s to the 1920s, orphan trains brought about 200,000 children from the East Coast to homes in the Midwest. Some children suffered extreme hardships, while others found loving families. Most, however, kept their stories secret.
Hear the stories of several local children, including some from Decatur and Macon County, with guest speaker Rochelle Gridley. Gridley is a Central Illinois librarian and volunteer at the McLean County History Museum. This program is free. No registration is required. Rock Springs Nature Center is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.
To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.