Library programs cover orphan train, fix-it topics

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April 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Two programs at Iola Public Library will be held this month.

One is “Orphan Train to Kansas.” Between 1854 and 1910 the Children’s Aid Society of New York placed 33,053 orphans on trains to new homes across the country. Between 3,000 and 5,000 came to Kansas. Among them was 11-year-old Elsie Hill and her two brothers, all adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Frobenius in Marion County. Elsie became the grandmother of Brenda Futrell, Burlington, who learned of the orphan train connection in 1997. She describes her own amazing journey uncovering her grandmother’s history and a serendipitous find on eBay. This program is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

The other program is “How to Be Your Own Handyman” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

David Heiman of DASH Services LLC shows what tools may be needed for those do-it-yourself projects and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the names of various tools and what purpose they serve. The program will also cover how to pack a basic toolbox for the car and the home.

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