Today is the 100th anniversary of the worst Great Lakes disaster in US history -- and it happened on the Chicago river, just a couple blocks away. The SS Eastland capsized while people were boarding for a summer company cruise and picnic , and 844 people drowned -- mostly immigrants working for Western Electric. (My own great grandfather was late for boarding, arriving after the disaster already happened!)
In 2012 a few of us wrote a musical about the event, performed at Lookingglass Theater. This weekend a few songs from the show will be sung down at the riverfront as part of a 100th anniversary memorial event. The event is open to the public -- Saturday at 8:30pm, right on the new riverwalk at Clark and Wacker. If you're in Chicago, stop on by.
Please join us this summer as EDHS hosts the 100th anniversary commemoration of Chicago's greatest loss-of-life tragedy. Individuals and families from around the world who are personally connected to the tragedy will be gathering to learn, remember, and build new relationships.
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