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The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy

  • 4 May 2019
  • 1:30 PM
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy

Early on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, a light rain fell yet the air was filled with anticipation and excitement. Thousands gathered along the Chicago River for Western Electric's fifth annual employee picnic. More than 7,000 tickets had been purchased for the day‐long festivities. But the day quickly turned tragic, resulting in Chicago's greatest loss‐of-life tragedy. Find out what happened during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.

Come learn the answers to the following questions: Why was the picnic so highly anticipated? What happened? How did it happen? What was the impact? What was the response? Was it avoidable? Who was held accountable? What damages were awarded? What amount of relief funds were raised?

Discover more about the Eastland Disaster Historical Society at

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