Between 1853 and 1929, more than 250,000 homeless children were saved from the streets of large eastern cities and sent, via the Orphan Train, to live on farms or in communities in the Midwest. The Brookings Public Library and the Friends of the Library invite you to hear their stories on Monday, September 29 at 7 pm.
During the presentation of The Story of the Orphan Train, theatrical performer Pippa White will portray numerous children as they move west in hopes for a better life. White calls her productions "part theatre, part storytelling, part history." Audiences call them unique, captivating, and touching.
Pippa has a BA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She began doing solo performances in 1994. To date she has crisscrossed the country many times touring in more than twenty-five states, presenting at universities and colleges, conferences, performing arts centers, museums, libraries, and festivals. She does also workshops and residencies, and has been a teaching artist with Nebraska Arts Council since 1990. She has received several awards in recognition of her work, including two Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Previously she had an extensive career in theatre and television on the West Coast, including five years hosting a daily morning television show on ABC in San Francisco.
Prior to the program, the Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting at 6:30 pm to review the year’s events and to elect officers. All are welcome to attend the meeting.
For more information, contact the Library at (605) 692-9407.