Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train. Charlotte M. 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 Nebraska 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. Her family developed Nebraska’s second Free Little Library in their own front yard.
A grant program of Humanities Nebraska. Humanities Nebraka is a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.