Orphan Train Crankie with Delia Robinson
A slide talk followed by a hand-painted paper movie (crankie) and ballad illuminating the true story of the orphan train.
The evening begins with a slide lecture on the history of the “crankie” or paper movie, along with archival photos, of a little discussed aspect of American history lasting from 1853 to 1929, known as the “Orphan Trains.” An estimated 200,000 to 350,000 children of all ages were collected from eastern cities, often without family permission or knowledge, and sent on trains west to be handed out in farming communities to anyone who wanted one. Though not central to the evening’s discussion, it is interesting to note that this social movement has strong parallels to our border policies today. After the talk, Delia Robinson will perform a hand-painted paper movie (or “crankie”) and sing an old ballad along with the accompaniment of Mark Greenberg. A painted moving scroll viewing device, now called the Crankie, was intensely popular at fairs and theaters throughout the Orphan Train period of history. Delia Robinson will sing the touching ballad “Oprhan Train” by Utah Phillips with guitar accompaniment and backup vocals by Mark Greenberg.
Recommended for ages over 12. Suggested Donation $10 per person
Date & Time
April 12, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
T. W. Wood Gallery - Montpelier, VT 46 Barre St East Wing, Second Floor Montpelier 05602 VT US http://www.bestofcentralvt.com/businesses/vt-montpelier-t-w-wood-gallery