"I shall never be able to forget what I saw. People were struggling in the water, clustered so thickly that they literally covered the surface of the river. A few were swimming; the rest were floundering about, some clinging to a little raft that had floated free, others clutching at anything they could reach – at bits of wood, at each other, grabbing each other, pulling each other down, and screaming! The screaming was the most horrible of all.” -- Helen Repa, Western Electric nurse
Our Mission and Vision
The Eastland Disaster Historical Society believes that every human life has value. When looking through the lens of the Eastland Disaster, we are passionate about preserving and sharing the life stories of the tens of thousands of people who were affected by the tragedy.
Your support will enable us to continue sharing the stories.