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New Documentary Chronicles Orphan Trains

Thousands of orphan came to Iowa and other Midwestern states by train. A documentary premiering on Iowa Public Television tonight chronicles their stories.

Clark Kidder's grandmother was one of those children. She had more than 4 placements before she found her forever family.

"I had the good fortune of being brought up in a loving family and not being tossed from home to home. It makes you really appreciate what you've got. And it makes you realize there are a lot of children who weren't near as fortunate. It's humbling."

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe speaks with Clark Kidder and Colleen Bradford Krantz about the orphan trains, their experience talking to people who found families that way, and how orphan trains were a precursor to the modern foster care system. "West By Orphan Train" will air tonight on IPTV at 7 PM.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa