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 the Chicago Daily News photographer, Jun Fujita. But these are photos that have been recently discovered and rarely, if ever, seen by the public, taken by photographers from our own Chicago Tribune. http://graphics.chicagotribune.com/news/local/eastland
2) Join the Eastland Fellowship Authority – 100th Anniversary Tribute to the Eastland Disaster
Sunday, July 19, 2015 • 2 PM
Center for History –
606 N. Main Street • Wheaton, IL
Special Memorial to the 844 Victims
Looking Back 100 Years
Compassionate Stories from Relatives
3) COMMEMORATE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF EASTLAND DISASTER AT CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
In Remembrance: The 100th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, July 19
CHICAGO, Ill. (July 7, 2015) – On July 24, 1915, the charter vessel SS Eastland rolled over in the Chicago River, resulting in one of the greatest tragedies in Chicago’s history.
Join the Chicago History Museum in commemorating the centennial of the tragic Eastland Disaster that claimed over 800 lives. In Remembrance: The 100th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster will take place at the Chicago History Museum on Sunday, July 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Host of the event Russell Lewis, the Museum’s executive vice president and chief historian, will give opening remarks and introduce guest speaker Michael McCarthy, author of Ashes under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America.
The Museum is honored to welcome descendants of the Eastland Disaster victims and survivors to share their personal connection to the catastrophic event.
Following the program guests are invited to the museum’s cornerstone exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America for a brief tour featuring artifacts from the Eastland Disaster. McCarthy will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at the Chicago History Museum store. The event is free with purchase of Museum admission.
* Photos are from the unveiling ceremony for the Eastland Memorial in Section 16 of the Bohemian National Cemetery.
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