I was doing some reading on an orphanage in Iowa called Soldiers and Orphans Home in Davenport Iowa. Then I found out they renamed it the Annie Wittenmeyer Home after a nurse back in the 1800’s. Then I stumbled upon this broadcast from 1952. There is a transcript you can scroll through, but I listened to the entire series while I was doing chores (vs. watching). A fascinating look at adoption in 1952, how the matched those children who were available for adoption with parents that would be suitable, how long that took, how many per year, and much more. I can’t remember, but I think it automatically goes to the next in the series – or you just need to click on the next headline under the transcript.
In Our Care: “Annie Wittenmeyer Home”
Ray Stewart of WOI-TV Ames, Iowa along with Iowa State University, produced “In Our Care,” a 13 week series of documentaries filmed inside Iowa’s state institutions. The series won the 1952 National Sylvania Television Award for Production Excellence.