News Release 053

"Orphan Train to Missouri" on May 1 at the Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-053 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

On Wednesday, May 1, the Missouri State Museum will present the program, “Orphan Train to Missouri,” as part of its ongoing “Museum after Hours” series.

Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will feature guest speaker Shirley Andrews, who will talk about her mother’s experience as an orphan train rider to Missouri in 1901. Andrews’ mother, Irma Craig, was one of the “foundlings” who found a new home in mid-Missouri. The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall in the east wing of the State Capitol.

The Missouri State Museum’s “Museum after Hours” events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. “Museum after Hours” is for those who have wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night or whose schedule doesn’t allow daytime outings. In addition to the special programs, the event allows a more relaxed time to view all the museum exhibits. Exhibits include both old favorites and new ones, including “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing,” an exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and changes every six months. Evening entry to the museum will be through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building underneath the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.