Riders on the Orphan Train-A Success

Last night, the 4-C TAH hosted the Chautauqua “Riders on the Orphan Train” in conjunction with San Juan College and the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village. Two thumbs up!

The presentation was outdoor, and the weather was fine. More importantly, however, the 200+ people who attended found the event both entertaining and highly informative about this “forgotten” event in U.S. History.

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As Dr. Miller noted, the event may have been advertised too well: it was standing room only with a large crowd stretching past the performance area and to either side. Although we set up the sign-in table nearly an hour before the event started, more than 100 people were already in the audience.

The large audience, early arrivals, and multiple ways to enter the area meant that we didn’t get everyone to sign in.¬†I’m sure we signed in all the TAH participants, pretty sure we signed in all the K-12 teachers, and definitely sure we signed in far less than 1/2 of the community members. Even so, the most important numbers, in terms of project evaluation, is the count of TAH participants and K-12 teachers.

We signed in the following audience members, by count:

  • 6 TAH Master’s Cohort members
  • 5 other K-12 teachers
  • 75 Community members.

The TAH members who attended will receive an e-mail request to complete an evaluation of the event, and I’ll post the results here once I have them.

The next event will be “Kit Carson: A Man Who Helped Shape America.” The event will be held at the San Juan College Little Theater, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!

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