Thursday, April 3, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

This was sent to the local press.

Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train
The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska, will host Charlotte Endorf when she presents Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train on Friday April 18th at 1:00 p.m.

In preparation for Excess Baggage, Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Neb
raska history.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout Nebraska. Charlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, One Book One Siouxland and the South Sioux City Public Library, through the Humanities Nebraska, Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.

Speakers are available for any nonprofit organization in Nebraska.  Each program lasts thirty minutes to an hour, plus a question and answer period. 

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers’ Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organization, and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest speakers’ bureau programs in the United States, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking, then please access our website (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68058, phone 402-474-2131, fax 402-474-4852, or email

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