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.
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.
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.
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."