39th Orphan Train Rider Statue to be Revealed at Concordia Middle School

Orphan Train Rider Mildred Tracy was a Teacher in the Concordia School District and was President of the Kansas Delta Kappa Gamma Organization
Orphan Train Rider Mildred Tracy was a Teacher in the Concordia School District and was President of the Kansas Delta Kappa Gamma Organization

A statue of former Concordia teacher and orphan train rider, Mildred Tracy, will be placed at Concordia Middle School at 1001 East 7th Street on Friday, August 12th.

Mildred, born Emilie Lung, was half orphaned when her mother passed away in 1912.  Kaily Carson, Curator of the National Orphan Train Complex, says Mildred's father couldn't care for her or her siblings Henry and Bertha.  Emilie and Henry were placed in the Children's Aid Society, and their sister Bertha was taken in by family friends.

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After 40 years apart, Mildred and Henry reunited with their younger sister Bertha, who visited Concordia in 1952.  Mildred attended the first Orphan Train Heritage Society of America reunion in 1988.

Local community members remember Mrs. Tracy fondly.

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Mildred was also an active member of the educators’ group, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators.  When the local Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma heard Mildred's story in 2018, and looked back to remember their friend, they knew that she needed to be honored with a statue.

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The unveiling will take place at 1 pm, and community members are welcome to attend.

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The National Orphan Train Complex thanks USD 333 Concordia for allowing the placement of this statue at the school, and LeDuc Memorial for installing the statue and creating the memorial plaque.

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The statue honoring Mildred Tracy will be the 39th Orphan Train Statue installed since the statue program began in 2015.