EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

"The 844": Spotlight on Eastland Victim Charles Bender

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.

This week, we honor and celebrate the lives of the following 16 people who were among The 844 who perished in the Eastland Disaster:

Marya Adamkiewicz (age 9); August Adler (29); Caroline Schroth Affeld (36); Marie Albertz (20); Lena Albrecht (17); Kathryn Allen (25); Hattie Althaler (22); Allen Anderson (4), Alfred Edward Anderson (36), Anna Selina (Mrs. Alfred Edward) Anderson (35), Maurice Alfred George Anderson (7); Anna Anderson (26); May C. (Mrs. Gustav) Anderson (38); Otto E. Anderson (43); Robert Axel Anderson (22); and Charles C. Bender (22).


Family Reunion Encouraged for the 100th Anniversary

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.


Honoring the Loss of Eastland Author George W. Hilton

Chicago, Illinois — EDHS shares with great sadness the passing of George W. Hilton, author of "Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic," who died Monday, August 4, 2014 at age 89.


99th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster Commemorated

Chicago, Illinois — The Eastland Disaster Historical Society commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster on Thursday, July 24, at 1 p.m. in downtown Chicago.


100th Anniversary Commemoration Plans in Full Swing

Chicago, Illinois — EDHS has kicked into high gear planning a powerful weekend from July 24 through 26, 2015 for you, your family and friends. The weekend will focus on commemorating the lives of those who were affected; it will also raise awareness of this historical event.


Get Involved