Eastland Disaster Historical Society

99th Commemoration Ceremony

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

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Plymouth Place Senior Living, LaGrange Park

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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Fox Lake District Library

Wed, Aug 6, 2014

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Worth Public Library District

Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - 1:00 pm

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    First Animation of Eastland's Movement Released

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Chicago, Illinois — A new critical aspect of how EDHS communicates the history of the Eastland Disaster has been added to our website: a visual animation of the Eastland's movement on the morning of July 24, 1915. Read More

    "The 844": Anna Brenner's Story

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Chicago, Illinois — This week we commemorate and celebrate the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who died nearly 100 years ago in the Eastland Disaster.  Read More


"Forget the purse. Can't you see the boat is going down?"

Clara and Emma Reisner boarded the Eastland and found chairs at the back of the boat, near the railing. When the ship tipped so easily and smoothly, Clara did not get excited or panic. "I didn't think it was so serious. I didn't think we or anyone else would drown. I was going to grab for my purse, but Emma said, 'Forget the purse. Can't you see the boat is going down?'"

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