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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    "The 844": Spotlight on Eastland Victim Charles Bender

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014

    Chicago, Illinois — Beginning this week, the Eastland Disaster Historical Society will be commemorating the lives of "The 844" victims who perished in the Disaster in 1915. Read More

    Family Reunion Encouraged for the 100th Anniversary

    Friday, September 05, 2014

    Chicago, Illinois — The early years of Western Electric’s excursion and picnic were tailored to an immediate family affair. Husbands, wives, and their children all attended. But in 1913, promotions for the annual employee picnic began emphasizing the importance of including the extended family.  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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