EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

Jun Fujita Exhibit

Jun Fujita is best known for his work as the first Japanese-American photojournalist. His photo credits include the Eastland Disaster, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the Leopold and Loeb murder trial, Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Al Capone, and engineering projects taken for the Public Works Administration.

"Survivor Story": Mary Vrba

Chicago, Illinois -- Mary Vrba was an employee at Western Electric Company when she boarded the Eastland on July 24, 1915, and survived the catastrophe.

From the Executive Director: More Excitement and More Growth for 2017

Happy New Year, everyone! This year begins our 19th year of passionate and dedicated service in writing/righting the stories of tens of thousands of ordinary people, so that they win a place in history.

"Survivor Story": Charles A. Vileta

Chicago, Illinois -- Charles A. Vileta was 23 years old when he and three friends boarded the Eastland on July 24, 1915. Charles, a relay assembler at Western Electric Company, told his friends, who he met at work, “Let’s take the second boat -- it’s safer.” Sadly, only Charles returned home that day.

"Survivor Story": Aida Woods

Chicago, Illinois -- Aida Woods was 3 years old when she, her mother (about 35 years old), her brother (5 years old), and two family friends boarded the cranky ship.

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