EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

Annual Commemorations


We recently published a recap of the 100th anniversary weekend. This detailed report was prepared to provide an overview of all of the events and activities that took place. It was written as a benefit to all, particularly those who were not able to attend. While the recap was thorough, it stopped short of expressing many of the highlights of the weekend. With this in mind, EDHS Executive Director Ted Wachholz shares his list of the Top 10 Personal Highlights from the 100th anniversary weekend.

Recap of the Eastland Disaster's 100th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend

Chicago, Illinois -- The Eastland Disaster Historical Society graciously hosted the Eastland Disaster's 100th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend this past July 24-26. Our plans for the weekend were thoughtfully made to ensure that families – from across the world – were connected to other families, and also to the history of the Eastland Disaster. Our plans were also made with our seniors and out-of-town guests in mind; we ensured that all events were within a very short (one block) walk of the site of the tragedy on the Chicago River. The only thing left to chance was the weather. Fortunately, we were blessed with beautiful weather throughout the entire weekend.

Bohemian National Cemetery Dedicates Memorial to Eastland Victims

Chicago, Illinois -- As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, a permanent memorial is being dedicated at the Bohemian National Cemetery. The memorial and dedication will be held this Sunday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the Bohemian National Cemetery on Pulaski Road at Foster, and is open to the general public. It is part of the old-fashioned picnic held annually at the cemetery. The picnic hours are 12 noon until 4 p.m.

Tickets Now Available for 100th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend

Chicago, Illinois -- Event tickets are now available for purchase for the Eastland Disaster 100th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend set for July 24-26, 2015 hosted by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.

The commemoration weekend events will honor the victims, survivors, heroes, first responders, and all others involved in the Eastland Disaster. The weekend has also been strategically planned to bring families together, both immediate and extended families, with the hopes of new friendships and connections being built by meeting other Disaster-related families.

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.

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