Eastland Disaster

Families Legacy Circle

Create your legacy

We invite you to join the Families Legacy Circle. Your donation will help ensure that your ancestor(s)’ legacy and the history of the Eastland Disaster remain important, relevant, and in the forefront for generations to come. By joining the Families Legacy Circle, you will be creating your very own personal legacy as someone who cares about what happened in Chicago over 100 years ago on July 24, 1915.

Donor Benefits*

Level 1
$1 per year since the disaster

$100

  • Your name or your family’s name listed in the Families Legacy Circle on EDHS website
  • A Commemorative 100th Anniversary lapel pin
Level 2
$1 per victim

$844

  • All of the benefits listed at the $100 level of giving, plus:
  • The CD soundtrack from “Eastland: A New Musical” with a copy of the complete script and lyrics signed by the 16 principals of the musical (all 12 actors, the writer, the two composers, and the director). A limited quantity of this unique item is available – only 10 copies of the signed script will ever be released.
Level 3
$1 per passenger

$2,500

  • All of the benefits listed at the $844 level of giving, plus:
  • The Eastland Tetralogy: the 4 books written about the Eastland Disaster. Each book is signed by its respective author. A very limited quantity of this unique item is available – only 4 sets will ever exist (our dear friend and colleague, George Hilton, author of “Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic”, passed away on August 9, 2014).
Level 4
$1 per ticket to the picnic

$7,000

  • All of the benefits listed at the $2,500 level of giving, plus:
  • A private 3-hour event with EDHS Executive Director Ted Wachholz and EDHS Co-Founders Susan Decker and Barbara Decker Wachholz (both granddaughters of a survivor). Explore the historic McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum while enjoying your choice of breakfast (includes witnessing -- from inside the museum -- the massive gears turning to open the Michigan Avenue Bridge), or a pizza and beer party over the lunch or dinner hour. This unique, private opportunity is for your family/group only and is good for up to 30 people.
Level 5
$10 per victim

$8,440

  • All of the benefits listed at the $2,500 level of giving, plus:
  • A private 3-hour event with EDHS Executive Director Ted Wachholz and EDHS Co-Founders Susan Decker and Barbara Decker Wachholz (both granddaughters of a survivor). Explore the historic McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum while enjoying your choice of a plated dinner or a cocktail with hors d’oeuvres party. This unique opportunity is for your family/group only and is good for up to 8 people (dinner) or 30 people (cocktail party).
Level 6
$10 per passenger

$25,000

  • All of the benefits listed at the $2,500 level of giving, plus:
  • 3-in-1! Start your late morning with a private 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of rarely seen artifacts in the Chicago History Museum’s collection archives. The Museum’s Executive Vice President, Russell Lewis, will be your gracious host. After the tour, a sit-down lunch awaits your group, catered by the Museum’s own North & Clark Café. Your afternoon culminates with a chartered trip to a local Chicago brewery. EDHS Board Member Liz Garibay, owner of History On Tap and the creative genius behind The 844 Commemorative Beer bottling this past summer, will fill the tour with fun and interesting facts. The chartered transportation will return you to your parked car at the Chicago History Museum. This unique opportunity is for your family/group only and is good for up to 8 people.

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