Mooseheart, located in Kane County, Illinois, is an unincorporated community and a home for children administered by the Loyal Order of Moose. Also known as the City of Children, the community is featured as a 1949 episode of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's short film series Passing Parade, which was written and narrated by John Nesbitt. In 2013 Mooseheart celebrated its 100th anniversary with a rededication ceremony, public tours, fireworks, and other festivities.
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Like the Moose Lodge, Mooseheart was originally only open to Caucasians. The facility was created to be a home for the widows and the children of members of the Loyal Order of Moose. Later, any child who had a family member who was a member of the moose could be admitted. In 1994, admission policies were changed to allow any child in need to apply for admission, regardless of the families affiliation or lack of affiliation with the Moose.
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 the study to prove the superiority of the white race. By the 1990s, Mooseheart was open to children of all races and predominantly enrolled minority children.
In 1996, five Mooseheart employees were criminally charged with sexually abusing children.
- City of Children on IMDb
- 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.
- Gregory, Ted (July 16, 2013). "Mooseheart still the home of 'Mighty Orphans'". Chicago Tribune.
- History of Mooseheart
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- Yong, Linda (April 24, 1996). "MOOSEHEART ROCKED BY SEX CASE". Chicago Tribune.
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