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"The stories in this book are true. They will give you a glimpse into the lives of little children who are now grown men and women. However, before you read the stories, there is a brief history of the orphanage that I believe you will find interesting. No longer is the orphanage downtown Charlotte but moved outside the city limits to the orphanage farm on St. Peter’s Lane "The stories in this book are true. They will give you a glimpse into the lives of little children who are now grown men and women. However, before you read the stories, there is a brief history of the orphanage that I believe you will find interesting. No longer is the orphanage downtown Charlotte but moved outside the city limits to the orphanage farm on St. Peter’s Lane, Matthews, North Carolina. This is where our lake was and where the earlier children used to have so much enjoyment. Most of them in these stories mention the farm and the lake. These small children would have had little chance to grow up into strong men and women who could go out into the world and compete with the best of men had it not been for people who cared. In the cases of the people in these stories, it was Thompson Orphanage in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Episcopal Church, and others that gave willingly toward the support of the orphanage. You will get a glimpse into the lives of individuals from the day they went to Thompson Orphanage until this day. Also, another purpose of this book is help the public understand orphanages. So many people feel sorry for children in orphanages. These are blessed children because they were given the chance in life that so many others needed but were not as fortunate. The ones to feel sorry for are those whose families can’t afford to care for their children and those children who are abused, neglected, and have no one to help them escape their situation."


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"The stories in this book are true. They will give you a glimpse into the lives of little children who are now grown men and women. However, before you read the stories, there is a brief history of the orphanage that I believe you will find interesting. No longer is the orphanage downtown Charlotte but moved outside the city limits to the orphanage farm on St. Peter’s Lane "The stories in this book are true. They will give you a glimpse into the lives of little children who are now grown men and women. However, before you read the stories, there is a brief history of the orphanage that I believe you will find interesting. No longer is the orphanage downtown Charlotte but moved outside the city limits to the orphanage farm on St. Peter’s Lane, Matthews, North Carolina. This is where our lake was and where the earlier children used to have so much enjoyment. Most of them in these stories mention the farm and the lake. These small children would have had little chance to grow up into strong men and women who could go out into the world and compete with the best of men had it not been for people who cared. In the cases of the people in these stories, it was Thompson Orphanage in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Episcopal Church, and others that gave willingly toward the support of the orphanage. You will get a glimpse into the lives of individuals from the day they went to Thompson Orphanage until this day. Also, another purpose of this book is help the public understand orphanages. So many people feel sorry for children in orphanages. These are blessed children because they were given the chance in life that so many others needed but were not as fortunate. The ones to feel sorry for are those whose families can’t afford to care for their children and those children who are abused, neglected, and have no one to help them escape their situation."

40 review for Memories of Thompson Orphanage: Charlotte, North Carolina

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    I really appreciate what the author is trying to do with this book... Unfortunately, I don't think it was executed that well. At the beginning, the author did a good job of explaining what the wanted the reader to get out of the book, and gave some potentially helpful information about the history of the orphanage and some key people there, even if the writing style wasn't one that I personally liked. I was excited to get into reading the stories after getting this information... However, once we I really appreciate what the author is trying to do with this book... Unfortunately, I don't think it was executed that well. At the beginning, the author did a good job of explaining what the wanted the reader to get out of the book, and gave some potentially helpful information about the history of the orphanage and some key people there, even if the writing style wasn't one that I personally liked. I was excited to get into reading the stories after getting this information... However, once we got into the stories themselves, I was disappointed. I felt like the author was desperately trying to explain to us how great the orphanage was and how it had such a positive impact on the people who lived there, without actually explaining what the positive impact on everyone was. Maybe without even knowing if it actually did have a positive impact on everyone. Some details of life at the orphanage were repeated between stories without enough detail for us to really understand, and some were explained better the second or third time they were mentioned. Throughout all of the stories I read, it felt like we were mainly just getting the author's opinion, not each individual person's thoughts. I think that if we had gotten stories from more of the residents, the author would have better been able to show us the positive impact of the orphanage, especially if the stories were told from the point of view of the residents themselves. Overall, this wasn't a bad read... I just don't feel like I got what the author so clearly wanted me to get out of it. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Vague, repetitive, would not recommend

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erinn Gillespie

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Full Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway Winner. I entered this giveaway for several reasons. First, I thought the premise of the book was a promising one. Secondly, as a family genealogist who actually knew someone who was raised in an orphanage I wanted to gain some insight on children that had been raised in an orphanage to better understand the whys and hows of how the children came to be in an orphanage in the first place. From the author "You will get a glimpse into the Full Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway Winner. I entered this giveaway for several reasons. First, I thought the premise of the book was a promising one. Secondly, as a family genealogist who actually knew someone who was raised in an orphanage I wanted to gain some insight on children that had been raised in an orphanage to better understand the whys and hows of how the children came to be in an orphanage in the first place. From the author "You will get a glimpse into the lives of individuals from the day they went to Thompson Orphanage until this day. Also, another purpose of this book is help the public understand orphanages." This book started with a short history of the Thompson Orphanage in Charlotte, North Carolina followed by fifty plus individual stories about children that had actually lived at the orphanage. I found the overall stories regarding living in and being raised in this orphanage interesting. In this modern era of foster homes I believe that orphanages are sometimes looked upon as having been old-fashioned or even terrible places for a child to have grown up. After reading this book I have a new appreciation for the stability that an orphanage could give a child. This orphanage in particular seems to have had a good hierarchy of men and women who really cared for the well being of each child in their care. However, as much as I appreciated the intent of the author in writing this book - she herself having grown up at Thompson Orphanage - the execution of the actual writing and editing of this book was lacking; in parts almost impossible for me to continue reading. Due to the fact that each of the stories presented was about someone who had lived at this same orphanage much of the information given was repetitive. Names of orphanage workers, cottages lived in, places visited etc. This might have worked if each individual story had been written in the first person tense from the actual point of view of the person writing. I believe, each person's memories would have been given more weight and importance if presented in that way. Instead each story is written by the author repeating what information the story writer told or wrote her. So in essence each of the fifty plus stories reads the same; over and over, the same people names, the same cottage names from the same author's viewpoint. This just didn't work for me. Also frustrating to me, some of the pictures included in the book were mislabeled or not labeled at all. If you have been or know someone who was raised in an orphanage or maybe even this orphanage this book might speak to you. I believe with re-editing this book could speak to many, many more. My Rating System: * not worth finishing, ** wouldn’t recommend, *** would recommend, **** would highly recommend, ***** have/would read again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I liked the book. It's an easy, quick read. It was often repetitive but the author wanted to make a point. It was interesting to learn about an orphanage and how it helped the children who lived there. I remember just hearing about how awful orphanages were through children's stories. It did make me feel like the orphanage system for broken up families is better than the foster care system now in place. In the orphanage the children don't have to compete with a couple's natural children for love I liked the book. It's an easy, quick read. It was often repetitive but the author wanted to make a point. It was interesting to learn about an orphanage and how it helped the children who lived there. I remember just hearing about how awful orphanages were through children's stories. It did make me feel like the orphanage system for broken up families is better than the foster care system now in place. In the orphanage the children don't have to compete with a couple's natural children for love or attention. In the orphanage they were among other children in the same situation as they're in. They learned social skills and a work ethic. They were watched carefully and cared for. I don't know if this orphanage was as good as it was because of the particular people who were in charge or it the positive part of the system worked because of it's structure. Out of 10I'd give it a 7

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tashfin Awal

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. Very saddening read, but the insight on the lives of these orphans is truly eye-opening and and can help one feel more grateful about one own's life! It was a bit oddly formatted though, it felt more like I was reading a blog or a long story of how horrible lives of children can be, it definitely got a little bit more depressing than it needed to be, with little light cats on the silver l I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. Very saddening read, but the insight on the lives of these orphans is truly eye-opening and and can help one feel more grateful about one own's life! It was a bit oddly formatted though, it felt more like I was reading a blog or a long story of how horrible lives of children can be, it definitely got a little bit more depressing than it needed to be, with little light cats on the silver linings.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindelu

    I won this book on Goodreads. The only thing I found interesting in this book was how many of the children placed in the orphanage had at least one if not both parents and other relatives alive. I gather that the time period where work was hard to find contributed to this. The book was actually very poorly written and repetitive as to it's content. I expect it would only be of interest to someone who had been in the orphanage. I won this book on Goodreads. The only thing I found interesting in this book was how many of the children placed in the orphanage had at least one if not both parents and other relatives alive. I gather that the time period where work was hard to find contributed to this. The book was actually very poorly written and repetitive as to it's content. I expect it would only be of interest to someone who had been in the orphanage.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Blair

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  10. 4 out of 5

    Libby

  11. 5 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Libby

  13. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Reader

  15. 5 out of 5

    Josephine Dolmans

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Gough

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dolli

  23. 5 out of 5

    DEBORAH SHAW

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Pilon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marty

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  31. 5 out of 5

    SALLY WHITE

  32. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

  33. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

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    Katherine

  35. 5 out of 5

    Pat Eells

  36. 5 out of 5

    Mary Robinson

  37. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hohler

  38. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  39. 4 out of 5

    V

  40. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ross

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