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Mooseheart is an unincorporated community and a home for children in Kane County, Illinois, United States run by the Loyal Order of Moose and is located near Aurora. Also known as City of Children, a short documentary film City of Children (1949),[1] written by John Nesbitt, was in the Passing Parade. Established in 1913, it celebrated its centennial in 2013.[2]

Mooseheart, Illinois
Mooseheart is located in Illinois
Location of Mooseheart within Illinois
Mooseheart is located in the United States
Mooseheart (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°49′06″N 88°19′53″W / 41.81833°N 88.33139°W / 41.81833; -88.33139Coordinates: 41°49′06″N 88°19′53″W / 41.81833°N 88.33139°W / 41.81833; -88.33139
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)630/331

Like the Moose Lodge, Mooseheart was only open to Caucasians. [3] In the 1950s, a pediatrician conducting a longitudinal study of children's growth at Mooseheart recalled there was tension since he felt that the board of directors was conducting to prove the superiority of the white race.[4] By the 1990s, Mooseheart was open to children of all races and predominantly enrolled minority children.[3]

In the mid 1990s, five Mooseheart employees were criminally charged with sexually abusing children.[5]

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  1. ^ City of Children on IMDb
  2. ^ Sarkauskas, Susan (July 26, 2013). "Mooseheart to celebrate its 100th anniversary". Chicago Daily Herald. Mooseheart-The Child City and School is celebrating its 100th anniversary Saturday with a rededication ceremony, a carnival, tours and fireworks.
  3. ^ a b Gregory, Ted (July 16, 2013). "Mooseheart still the home of 'Mighty Orphans'". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Formative years : children's health in the United States, 1880-2000. University of Michigan Press. 2002. p. 171. ISBN 978-0472112685.
  5. ^ Yong, Linda (April 24, 1996). "MOOSEHEART ROCKED BY SEX CASE". Chicago Tribune.

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