The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is a historic museum located in Opelousas, Louisiana. The museum aims to collect and preserve items that will tell the future generations the story of the orphan train riders who arrived in the area by train from the New York Foundling Hospital in 1854 all the way to 1929. The museum achieves this goal with the help of the Louisiana Orphan Train Society.
The museum focuses not just on the movement of the orphaned children living in New York City to Louisiana but also chronicles the evolution of the modern foster care system. The early foster system helped established new lives for over 2,000 abandoned and homeless children from New York. The process continued all the way to 1929 when the United States government started restricting the interstate placement of children.
The museum has a number of interesting works of art related to this historic event which fans can check out during their visit to the museum. Some of these art works include a mural that shows the arrival of the orphans at the Opelousas train depot. The mural was done by the Louisiana native artist Robert Dafford. The large mural was positioned at the main area of the museum with the idea of greeting guests upon their arrival.
Other exhibits that can be found in the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum include different artifacts that originally belonged to the orphans during the time of their arrival in Louisiana. These mementos include photos, toys and watches. Other notable exhibits in the museum include frame pictures of the Louisiana orphan train riders that are placed on a silk background.
The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum operates from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10AM to 3PM and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
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