ASHEBORO – Join history buff and family researcher Tamra Wilson as she talks about her quest to discover how her grandmother wound up in the middle of Illinois with no known relatives in “Sarah McGuirk, Orphan Train Rider,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Asheboro Public Library.
Wilson’s talk is free and the public is invited. It’s the last in a series of visits to the library by “Road Scholars” from the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Many Stories, One People project.
Orphan Trains resettled some 250,000 children from crowded eastern cities to rural areas of the United States from 1853 to 1929. The program, though well-intentioned, was not without its critics.
Using her ancestor as a case study, Wilson explains how the orphan train program worked and didn’t work, and explores the story behind the story: the influx of Irish immigrants from the Great Famine.
Wilson, who lives near Newton, N.C., is author of Dining with Robert Redford and Other Stories, short fiction about small town life. She also has published widely in a variety of anthologies, magazines and journals.
The project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support also is provided by the Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. Call 336-318-6803 for further information.