Clark Kidder resides in southern Wisconsin. He is a freelance writer for International publications, and has authored several books, including Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo (Heritage Books, Inc., 2001); A Genealogy of the Wood Family (Family Tree Publishers, 2003, and Higginson Book Company, 2007); A Genealogy of the Butts/Butz Family (Higginson Book Company, 2007), Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider (2007), and A History of the Rural Schools of Rock County, Wisconsin (6 volumes), 2014. His magazine articles have appeared in History Magazine, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Family Tree Magazine, Fancy Fowl (in England), Avicultura (in Holland), and Poultry Press.
Kidder has been interviewed by numerous reporters for articles in such newspapers as the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. His television appearances include MSNBC, PAX, WGN, Wisconsin Public Television, and Iowa Public television. He has been interviewed on numerous radio shows around the nation, including Wisconsin Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio. Kidder was host of his own television show called Book Talk on JATV, in Janesville, Wisconsin. In addition, he has provided consultation and photographs for documentaries and television shows produced by CBS, and October Films in London, England.
Kidder has co-written and co-produced a film based on his book Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. It was released in 2014 and is titled West by Orphan Train. The film won two national awards in 2015 - a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History, and a Clarion Award. On October 3, 2015 it won a Midwest Regional Emmy Award.
The New York Times writes about his paternal grandmother, Emily, and mentions his book about her life, i.e. Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/realestate/08scap.html?ref=realestate
Kidder was the recipient of the 38th Annual Hesseltine Award (http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?dsNav=N:4294963828-4294963805&dsRecordDetails=R:CS3658) for his article titled West by Orphan Train, which appeared in the Winter 2003-2004 issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. You can read the complete article here: http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/wmh/id/42994
Mr. Kidder is seeking stories, photos, and records for future editions of his new book titled
A History of the Rural Schools of Rock County, Wisconsin.
Please contact him via the Contact Form on this website.
Read what newspapers are saying about Mr. Kidder's school history books in the links below:
Mr. Kidder received the Charles Loring Brace Award at the June 4, 2016 in Concordia, Kansas during the annual celebration at
the National Orphan Train Complex. He was also Keynote Speaker at the event. Watch a video of him being announced as the winner of the award below:
A viewer of Clark Kidder's orphan train presentation on Wisconsin Public Television made this comment:
"We want to thank you for the moving presentation on the Orphan Train aired tonight! Once again you have brought viewers an extra fine program! Please pass along our great appreciation to Clark Kidder for his research and his preservation of this history of his grandmother's courage and perseverance - it beats all fiction! We grew to love Mr. Kidder's grandmother through his love and also to be thankful for people like Reverend Clarke who gave so much of himself to these children! With appreciation to WPT and to Clark Kidder!" - Ann and Eric
Mr. Kidder speaking at the Wisconsin Museum of History in 2014
Photo by Kimberly Blanchette
Lori Halfhide presents Mr. Kidder with the Charles Loring Brace Award in Concordia, Kansas.
Mr. Kidder's article titled America's Orphan Trains is featured in the
Aug/Sept 2015 issue of History Magazine. http://history-magazine.com/index.html