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.
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.
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.