Recalling the Eastland

June 13, 2012

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Alberta Adamson (left) and Suzanne Ross

On July 24, 1915 the Great Lakes steamer SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River, taking 844 lives. Raven Founder Suzanne Ross joins Center for History President Alberta Adamson to discuss this event—the largest domestic disaster in American history prior to September 11, 2001—and its dramatic interpretation by the Lookingglass Theatre.

Adamson explains the culture of the times, the accident, and the victims and heroes, setting the stage for viewing of Eastland: An Original Musical, written by Andrew White with music by artistic associate Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman.

The Center for History in Wheaton, IL, houses the largest collection of artifacts from the SS Eastland. The discussion is held at the Lookingglass Theatre.


Recorded Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Water Works Theatre.