Eastland's 100th Anniversary Schedule of Events

Eastland's 100th Anniversary Schedule of Events
It’s the eve of the commemoration of the capsizing of the SS Eastland. I hope you can make time to attend one of the free, public events at the new River Theater at the exact site of the Eastland – south side of the Chicago River between the Clark and LaSalle Street Bridges. Friday – July... Read more »

So Much Eastland News - So Little Time Left Till the 100th Anniversary

So Much Eastland News - So Little Time Left Till the 100th Anniversary
With only a week to go until the commemoration, Eastland news is popping up all around town. Here are three of the stories: 1) Rare glass-plate negatives of scenes from the aftermath of the disaster found in the Tribune’s basement archives! Those of us familiar with the Eastland have seen the now-famous photos of the disaster taken by... Read more »

Eastland Happenings ...

Eastland Happenings ...
With the 100th anniversary now only two weeks away, there are many Eastland memorials happening around town. Here are two events going on this coming week. Both have been posted by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, a permanent memorial is being dedicated at the Bohemian National... Read more »
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New Eastland Book Available! Sylvia's Story by Susan Barwick

New Eastland Book Available! Sylvia's Story by Susan Barwick
With only 32 days until the 100th Anniversary Commemoration, I’m excited to bring you news of a new Eastland book, written especially for young readers (and their teachers) by award-winning educator and Chicagoland native, Susan Barwick. Sylvia’s Story, The 1915 Chicago River Tragedy of the SS Eastland was inspired by Susan’s personal connection to the disaster. The Sylvia of the title was Susan’s... Read more »

Eastland and the Typhoid Scare of 1915

Eastland and the Typhoid Scare of 1915
What Chicagoan isn’t familiar with the annual “dying green” of the Chicago River for St. Patty’s Day? It’s a tradition that we all cherish. The actual dying process is carried out with ceremonial precision and with great concern for the environment. Of course, we all know the green dye isn’t permanent and in a few days our beloved river will once again return to a normal... Read more »

Countdown on for the Eastland's 100th Anniversary

Countdown on for the Eastland's 100th Anniversary
According to my countdown clock, there are only 88 more days until the 100th anniversary commemoration. The three-day event has been planned in detail by the dedicated staff at the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. EDHS has announced the following schedule of events: FRIDAY, JULY 24 1 p.m. Public Ceremony  Attendees are invited to the new Chicago Riverwalk (the... Read more »
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Chicago Now Re-unites Eastland Relative with the Past

Chicago Now Re-unites Eastland Relative with the Past
I was surprised and thrilled to receive an email last week from Adele R. of Michigan. Adele read my CN review of Michael McCarthy’s book, Ashes Under Water, and leaned that her Great Uncle James Novotny was a storyline in McCarthy’s book. She also discovered the featured image I’d posted. Adele wrote: I discovered your article on the Internet, which reviewed the Eastland... Read more »

What's Your Eastland Story?

Our Community Manager, Jimmy Greenfield, has been encouraging us Chicago Now bloggers to interview one or some of our readers. That’s an inspiring idea, one that holds special significance for this particular blog. Last week’s starting revelation of those long-lost Eastland film clips brought the 1915 disaster into today’s headlines and helped to broaden Chicago’s awareness of the upcoming 100th anniversary in July. The... Read more »

Chicago Buzzing with Eastland News!

The SS Eastland has been on the TV, in the papers, and on the radio today. Why now? Because a 1916 newsreel with actual footage of the Eastland tragedy has surfaced. There are two brief black and white segments. The first clip captures rescue efforts in the aftermath of the capsizing, while the second displays efforts to right the ship in... Read more »
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One Man's View of Mechanical Ventilation - A Letter From My Dad

One Man's View of Mechanical Ventilation - A Letter From My Dad
Last week I wrote off-topic about my family’s decision to move Mom to hospice. The response to that blog was incredible. Making life and death decisions for our loved ones is a universal situation, something many people can relate to and empathize with. All of your personal stories and kind words have helped to heal my grieving heart. As part of... Read more »