There is only one place in America to find a permanent collection of memorabilia from the SS Eastland – and that’s at the Center for History in Wheaton, IL. This beautiful little museum boasts a varied display of historical photos, clothing, newspapers, personal artifacts, and incredible recordings from the last remaining survivors (sadly they are gone now). I caught my first glimpse of the delicate bone china place settings from the doomed steamer, a few pieces of jewelry recovered from the river, the silver star awarded to the rescuers by the city. The Center has a duplicate of the pilot house and wheel that you can play with and touch (and take corny photos in front of as well). Due to financial concerns, the Center is open by appointment only, but the wonderful curators go out to schools and organizations to put on programs about the Eastland.
As part of this week’s 99th anniversary events, the Center for History will be opened this Sunday, July 27th at 3:00 for a special program – Heartbreak, Heroism, Healing – sponsored by the Eastland Fellowship Authority. A new publication authored by the director of the Center, the generous and knowledgeable, Alberta Adamson, will be for sale. Tragedy Before Leaving the Dock, published by the Eastland Fellowship Authority is a comprehensive look at Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy as never before revealed with personal stories, hundreds of photos, and translations of Polish and Czech accounts of the disaster.
Suggested donation is only $5.00. RSVP’s are needed: 630-835-6584 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for History: 315 W. Front Street, 2nd floor (above Gino’s East Pizza) Wheaton, IL 60287
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