Thank you for your interest in having Mr. Kidder give a presentation on the orphan trains to your school or organization. Mr. Kidder is available to give book lectures and speak to classrooms either in person or via Skype.
In this presentation, Mr. Kidder brings to light two decades of research and expertise on the orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929, nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state in America, particularly in the Midwest. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, who rode an orphan train from New York City to the Midwest in 1906.
The following pages were received from students at St. Bernard's Elementary School in Watertown, Wisconsin after my presentation:
He will read from his aforementioned book on his grandmother, and show many historical and family photographs via PowerPoint. The presentation lasts about one hour and ample time is allowed for a Q & A session and book signing afterwards.
Please contact Mr. Kidder via the Contact Form on this website for his current rates for speaking in person or via Skype.
Materials supplied by Mr. Kidder are:
1. A laptop computer and projector (unless already supplied by the venue).
2. Copies of his orphan train books (Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider, and Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo) for sale and signing. The cost of the books are $20.00 ($16.00 for K-12 students).
3. DVDs of his award-winning documentary West by Orphan Train in person at $15.00 each. They may also be purchased online at https://www.createspace.com/443724 for $15.47 plus shipping.
Materials required by Mr. Kidder for physical appearances:
1. Two electrical outlets with power cords long enough to reach them from the computer and projector.
2. A small table to place the computer and projector on.
3. A screen to project on.
4. A microphone/PA system (I have a backup PA system I'll bring with as well)
5. A table to display and sign books on.
6. A podium.
At least a portion of Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider should be read to the class prior to Mr. Kidder's presentation. Please send home a letter and order form with the children at least three days prior to Mr. Kidder's presentation. A sample appears below. After the forms are collected, please email the number needed and the names of the children that would like the books inscribed to them to Mr. Kidder at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will bring the books the day of his appearance.
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Clark Kidder, an author and film producer, will be visiting our school on __________. Mr. Kidder is the author of two books on the orphan trains, producer of a documentary film titled West by Orphan Train, and writer of an award winning magazine article on America's orphan trains for the Wisconsin Magazine of History. One of his books is titled Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider, and chronicles the true story of his paternal grandmother.You can read more about Mr. Kidder and his work on his website at www.clarkkidder.com.
In this presentation, Mr. Kidder brings to light two decades of research and expertise on the orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929, nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state in America, particularly in the Midwest. Mr. Kidder will read from the aforementioned book on his grandmother, and show many historical and family photographs via a PowerPoint presentation as he does so.
If your child is interested in purchasing Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider from the author, we are taking orders for them in advance. Mr. Kidder will bring them the day of his visit. Mr. Kidder will personally inscribe the book for your child. Please fill out the form below and return it with your payment by __________. Cash or money orders (made payable to Clark Kidder) will be accepted. You may also pay via PayPal (including by credit card) by sending it to him on PayPal at his email email@example.com. Please note on the PayPal payment that the order is for your child (list their name) and note on the form below that you are making payment via PayPal.
Child's Name ______________________
Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider (quantity desired @$18.00 each) ____
Book signed to _____________________
Check here if you want the book signed, but not inscribed to anyone in particular ____
Check here if you do not want book signed ____
Total Due $________
Check here if Money Order is Enclosed ____
Check here if payment was made via PayPal directly to author ____