Events You Won't Want to Miss

We have exciting things planned for Thursday, so come early!!

Thursday Learning Day

Where: The Lodge at Deadwood Roosevelt conference room 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Format: Learning sessions for authors and readers.

Tickets: FREE to attend but you must register ahead of time using the ticket button below to ensure your spot. We have limited space and need to know how many are attending for handouts or other materials.

4:00 to 5:00 pm Roosevelt Room

Sherry A. Burton

Sherry is the multi-award-winning author of The Orphan Train Saga novels, a historical fiction saga that revolves around the Orphan Trains. Sherry’s books follow a company of orphans, and she uses history to tell each child’s story.

Sherry has been researching the orphan trains for over twenty years and was awarded the coveted Charles Loring Brace award in June of 2022 for the historical accuracy within her novels.

Sherry’s integrated PowerPoint presentation, The History of The Orphan Trains, gives a wealth of information why so many children were living on the street and in need of a home and shares some of the history of The Placing Out Program.

Sherry’s program generally lasts one hour with a Q & A and book signing after.

Equipment needed – Projector and Screen

Sherry’s fee for a presentation in Michigan is $300

Sherry is willing to do virtual events and travel outside of Michigan for lectures. Upper Michigan and travel out of state may involve travel stipend unless she already plans on being in the area.

Contact sherry at   

Sherry’s is listed on The National Orphan Train Speakers Bureau as an authentic orphan train presenter.


Thank you to our learning day sponsors! 

Thursday Meet-and-Greet

Where: The Lodge at Deadwood Pine Crest Ballroom B. 
Format: Cash bar with light appetizers

Cost: this is free to attend. Please register for a ticket so that we can plan for how many will attend. Space is limited.
6:30 – 7 PM, Authors Only – meet each other and pick up your neck wallets, tickets, schedules, etc. Receive last-minute instructions/changes, and open question forum with the Hosts
7 – 9 PM, Readers, Cover Models, Author Assistants, Vendors, and Sponsors will join the authors

Thank you to our Meet and Greet Sponsors!!

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