Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Eastland Disaster Historical Society

  • Arlington Hts, IL
  • http://www.eastlanddisaster.org

Mission Statement

The charter of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society includes providing education and information to students, schools, individuals, families, and businesses. Our charter also includes gathering, preserving, and sharing the personal stories and family histories of those who were affected by the Eastland Disaster. This charter was established because we felt that with each passing generation, more and more of the history was being lost. Our feelings were based upon the premise that the Eastland Disaster was being forgotten even though it was a significant part of Chicago's - and this nation's - history. A quick review of the newspaper headlines below (issued seventy-five years apart) supports our premise. July 25, 1915 "Eastland tragedy worst in history of Chicago." "The most colossal tragedy of Chicago's history." July 25, 1990 "There were no observances Tuesday to commemorate the Eastland disaster." "It is a tragedy lost in history."

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

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Mr. Ted Wachholz

Keywords

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Eastland Disaster,Ship,Shipwreck,Chicago History,Great Lakes,Lake Michigan,Chicago River,Genealogy

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EIN

36-4269735

Also Known As

E.D.H.S.

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our Society gives presentations to: schools, a wide variety of groups such as seniors clubs and small businesses, and the general public at libraries. We display our Eastland Disaster "Collection of Artifacts" (our virtual museum) in glass-enclosed cases at public libraries. We act as a resource for students. We sponsor the annual Eastland Disaster Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence expressed in a research project for the Chicago Metro History Fair, which involves 15,000 students. We do research and maintain records of all aspects of history related to the Eastland Disaster. We make all of this information available to the general public. This includes information regarding the Eastland and the Western Electric Company, as well as all of the personal information and family history of those who have a connection to the Eastland Disaster. We design, develop, and maintain an Internet Web site. We process an average of almost 70 electronic mail messages per month from our offices in response to inquiries. We prepare, edit, and issue bi-monthly newsletters and special announcements. We establish and develop working relationships with other non-profit organizations including the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Metro History Education Center, the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, the Michigan Maritime Museum, and the Historical Society of Cicero, among others. We effectively gain support of the local media to draw attention to the obscure history of the Eastland Disaster. We sponsor special events. In 1999, we performed an archaeological dive in the Chicago River at the site of the Eastland Disaster. In 2000, we sponsored a dinner/reception for over 300 descendants of people who have a connection to the Eastland Disaster. In 2001, we partnered with the Chicago area PBS television station, WTTW/Channel 11, to produce a documentary on the Eastland Disaster. In 2003, we rededicated the historical marker at the site of the tragedy. In 2005, we commemorated the 90th anniversary of the tragedy and dedicated a permanent photo display.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Ted Wachholz

BIO

Ted Wachholz's diverse background includes Division Manager, Information Technology, John Deere; Manager, Customer Service, Motorola; Owner, Elliotts Deli; District Manager, Primerica Financial Services. Ted graduated cum laude, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. Now in our fourth year, our Society is changing what the world knows regarding the Eastland Disaster. Through our public presentations, our "Collection of Artifacts" (a virtual museum), our exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry, the sponsorship of our annual scholarship for the Chicago Metro History Fair, our one-of-a-kind Eastland Disaster Passenger List, and our family history strategies, the Eastland Disaster will no longer be a part of history that time forgot.

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