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Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberry Case MS 166.

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The Eastland Disaster

The recently discovered film clips of the Eastland disaster and its aftermath have revived interest in this horrific event. The Chicago Tribune has recently published an article about these finds and the Eastland Disaster Historical Society is preparing for the 100th anniversary this summer.

If you want to know more about the Eastland, try these fascinating titles:

  • Transcript of testimony before the Coroner’s jury July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, on the body of Kate Austin and all others lost by the overturning of the excursion steamer Eastland while tied to the dock at Clark and S. Water streets in the city of Chicago, July 24, 1915. Chicago  Clohesey, 1915. HathiTrust.org. This transcript includes first hand testimony of passengers, observers, crew, experts, and others impacted by the disaster.
  • Eastland disaster relief, American Red Cross, 1915-1918 after the capsizing of the steamer “Eastland” in the Chicago river, July 24, 1915 to completion of relief work. Final report, Eastland disaster relief committee Chicago chapter, American Red Cross, 1918. Chicago  American Red Cross, 1918. HathiTrust.org.This report provides details of the work of the Red Cross and the distribution of relief aid, including descriptions of families who received aid, identified by ethnicity, ages and sex (surnames not given).
  • Bonansinga, Jay R. The Sinking Of The Eastland: America’s Forgotten Tragedy. New York, N.Y.  Citadel Press, 2004.
  • Hilton, George Woodman. Eastland: Legacy Of The Titanic. Stanford, Calif.  Stanford University Press, 1995.

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