Award at Julien Film Fest

Award at Julien Film Fest

West by Orphan Train was awarded the “Best of Iowa” award at the 2015 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Thanks to those of you who attended our multiple screenings. Thanks also to organizers of this amazing festival, who were willing to add additional screening to accommodate the crowds.

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Leadership in History Award

The American Association for State and Local History wrote: “The documentary… seeks to correct misimpressions or false assumptions about the orphan train experience, in that the process and family placements did not always improve children’s lives. West by Orphan Train takes a balanced look at the whole story, which had both humanitarian and cruel aspects. The emotional impact of the film and its discovery of illuminating primary sources will undoubtedly stir new investigations and insights in Iowa’s genealogical and local history discussions.” The AASLH, which gave West by Orphan Train a 2015 Leadership in History Award, also wrote the following about the documentary: “Although the documentary was only released in Iowa in late 2014, it has already received much attention and acclaim from those interested in this intriguing human story.” We are honored by this national award for our documentary (which is now available nationally via Amazon Prime Video). Many thanks to the...

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