More About the Author
Inspired by her mother, one of the children of the orphan trains, Minnesota author, Renée Wendinger, embraces a scholarly non-fiction documenting an American Experience that speaks to the heart. "Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York," reveals the life story of orphaned, half-orphaned and runaway children of immigrant parents in nineteenth century New York. A collection of stories effectively communicates little known details about children who faced nearly insurmountable odds. From agonizing letters written by desperate mothers, to news stories of the latest train, or of newsboys looking out for each other, the humanity of individuals caught up in the sweep of history is unmistakable. The numerous archival photographs, hauntingly good!
Renée is a speaker on the subject of the orphan trains and immigration experience offering a historical slide symposium to educators and schools, community and civic organizations, and libraries and historical centers.
She is president of Orphan Train Riders of New York organization, recipient of the New York Foundling award for history preservation and the 2011 Founders Award from the National Orphan Train Complex of Concordia, Kansas, and she is an honored essayist supporting historical prose. For two consecutive years, her book has won the 2010 and 2011 Indie Excellence Award in history by panels of judges and publishers. Her book has gained passage onto Ellis Island Immigration Museum's bookshelves where Renee often lectures and does book signings. Brooklyn College has developed a graduate level study course based on her book alone, and several Sociology professors and theatre groups are using the reserve as a doctrine in social reform.
This book takes the orphan train journey to a higher level for both academic and universal readership, filled with authoritve research with compelling stories from people who "made history" aboard the orphan trains of New York.