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. Many thanks to the...

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Amazon Prime Video Streams West by Orphan Train

Amazon Prime Video Streams West by Orphan Train

Our award-winning documentary, West by Orphan Train, is now available for streaming nationwide via Amazon Prime Video. As filmmakers, this national release is a important one for sentimental reasons.  We had wanted those orphan train riders who were included in our documentary to be able to share this story with their families and friends quickly and easily. This is our best opportunity to do so. So Stanley and Bernadette, this is especially for you. Thank you for your kindness in sharing your stories. But, of course, it is also very important as a memorial to the resilience and determination of Emily Reese Kidder, grandmother of co-producer Clark Kidder. If you stream Amazon Prime video on your television, just search for “West by Orphan Train.” You can also watch using your computer. If you are an Amazon Prime member, but aren’t sure how to stream, this page...

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