From Ask A Mortician.
A massive ship, an unthinkable tragedy, a chance to make sure the victims of the SS Eastland aren’t lost to time.
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Mortician and Writer: Caitlin Doughty
Producer and Writer: Louise Hung (@LouiseHung1)
Editor & Graphics: Timothy Meier
Thumbnail: Landis Blair (@LandisBlair)
Production Coordinator: Lauren Ronaghan
Heartfelt thanks to Ted Wachholz, Executive Director and Chief Historian of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, for your passion, generosity, and spirit of collaboration on this project. But most of all thank you for the work that Barbara, Susan, and you do to preserve the memory of the Eastland Disaster.
Thank you to Chuck Michalek, Trustee, Bohemian National Cemetery Association and member of Friends of BNC. Thank you for sharing the history and humanity of the cemetery and the Eastland dead with us.
***Additional Photo Credits***
Ron Steinberg – all images of Hawthorne Works’ picnics
Dariusz Burdon – animation of the Eastland listing and rolling over
Susan Baysinger, Family of Norm Coughlin, David Bowles, Catherine McNamara – photos of various family members
Professor George Hilton – diagrams of the Eastland
Mirvish Productions – Titanic the Musical Trailer
Paramount Pictures 20th Century Fox Lightstorm Entertainment – Titanic (motion picture)
National Geographic – New CGI of How Titanic Sank
WTTW – Chicago Stories “The Eastland Disaster”
***SELECTED SOURCES & ADDITIONAL READING***
The Eastland Disaster (Images of America)
Wachholz, Ted. Arcadia Publishing, 2005. Charleston, South Carolina.
The Sinking of the Eastland: America’s Forgotten Tragedy
Bonansinga, Jay. Citadel Press Books-Kensington Publishing Corp., 2004. New York.
Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic
Hilton, George W. Stanford University Press, 1995. Stanford, California.
“Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915-2015”
Dial, Caitlyn Perry. ScholarWorks at WMU (Western Michigan University).
Eastland Disaster Historical Society
“The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?”
“Disaster on the Eastland: Rare Tribune Photos Offer Glimpse of Tragedy”