EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

"Survivor Story": Mary Louise Christiany

Chicago, Illinois -- Mary Louise Christiany, a 25-year-old Western Electric employee, and her best friend, Rose Skohan, were standing on the upper deck of the Eastland when the ship began to list.


"Survivor Story": They All Escaped the Same Way

Chicago, Illinois -- L.W. Miller, John Peterson, E.H. Peterson, William Lessuenhop, E.W. Sladkey, and Anna Bohn (pictured above) survived the Eastland Disaster by climbing over the stern on the dry starboard side of the ship. 


EDHS Celebrates International Women's Day

Chicago, Illinois -- Hundreds of women lost their lives in the Eastland Disaster, accounting for nearly 60% of the fatalities. The effect of those lives lost rippled through homes and families. Scores of women's lives were devastated from the resulting aftermath: homes and families were left without a husband, father, and breadwinner; infant, adolescent, and young adult daughters grew up without a father, mother, or both; single mothers lost wage-earning children; wives who did their best to cope with husbands who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD; and many other categories of women who suffered and struggled to make the best of a horrific situation. 


From the Executive Director: New Additions to the 2017 EDHS Board of Trustees

Chicago, Illinois -- We are pleased to announce the new additions to the EDHS Board of Trustees for 2017! Joining the Board of Trustees are: Tom Panoplos, Joe Popa, and John Lupton.


"Survivor Story": Eleanor Froelich (Freilich)

Chicago, Illinois -- Eleanor Froelich (Freilich) celebrated her second birthday less than a week before she became an orphan after surviving the Eastland Disaster.


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