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The SS Eastland: Disaster on the Chicago River

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 
6:30 p.m.
Location: 
Historical Society museum, 361 E. Westminster, Lake Forest
Cost: 
$10 for members, $15 for non-members

On Saturday, July 24, 1915, there were 2500 passengers aboard the SS Eastland on their way to a company picnic in Indiana. The steamer was tied to a wharf in the Chicago River. Fully boarded, the ship began listing and within 15 minutes rolled over and sank to the bottom of the river. In all, 844 passengers and four crew members lost their lives, including 22 entire families—all in 20 feet of water.

Learn more, including who missed the boat, during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. Featured speakers include two granddaughters of survivor Bobbie Aanstad.

Photo courtesy Eastland Disaster Historical Society