EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

Research and New Developments

Mulac Family Donates Watch to Preserve Family's Legacy

Chicago, Illinois -- Last week we announced the creation of the Families Legacy Circle as an opportunity to help build much-needed capacity into the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. While we have had a great 17 years as an all volunteer not-for-profit organization, we want to enable EDHS to continue providing value well into the future. We would like to share a very recent example of why it is so important that we ensure the long term sustainability of EDHS.

Second Discovery of Eastland Disaster Archived Film Located by NIU Graduate

Chicago, Illinois – A second local college graduate has located more digitized video from the Eastland Disaster. This new discovery comes on the heels of the February 5th discovery of the first known archived film footage of the tragedy.


From the Executive Director: New Disaster Footage Has Been Uncovered

An important message from EDHS Executive Director & Chief Historian Ted Wachholz:

The recent discovery of the first-known motion picture footage of the Eastland Disaster is now international news and has changed the lens through which the public views the Disaster. People are connecting to the tragedy in a more visceral way, and people who never knew the story are becoming interested in it. We are grateful that doctoral student Jeff Nichols found and shared his discovery.


First Known Archived Film Footage of the Eastland Disaster Located

Chicago, Illinois -- EDHS was taken by surprise this morning when a Facebook post to our page came through with incredible news: the discovery of filmed footage of the Eastland Disaster.

Since founding the Eastland Disaster Historical Society 17 years ago, we had always felt that video footage existed somewhere, but were never able to locate it. These two short video clips are the first that EDHS has seen, and likely, the first that the public has seen of the Eastland Disaster as well.


Radio Show Begins PR for the Eastland Disaster

Chicago, Illinois -- Andrew White, Artistic Director of the Lookingglass Theatre Company (and writer of the 2012 production, "Eastland: A New Musical") and Ted Wachholz, EDHS Executive Director and Chief Historian will be guests on WBBM's talk show, "At Issue."


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