My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Eastland Disaster Historical Society, Arlington Hts, IL, USA
As the descendant of both family members who perished and survived, it is important to me that the story of the Eastland not be lost. For almost a century it was the largest loss of life in a disaster in the U.S., but certainly not recognized for its historical significance. As a family, we are anxious to learn the details of the Eastland and Western Electric's role in Chicago industry and culture. The Eastland Disaster Historical Society has provided us with the opportunity to not only share our family's story and recognize our ancestors but also to become more informed. We are also able to participate in opportunities provided by the Society to honor the memory of all those who were lost.
Having a Society dedicated to compiling accurate records of those lost and those who survived provides those of us affected by the disaster and those interested in keeping history alive with a primary resource of information and a repository for more records.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The focus of this organization on one historical event by necessity limits its ability to attract attention to its mission. Most of us who know of the Society have a direct/significant link to it. The change would be to inspire others to want to know more about this significant event in Chicago's and our nation's history. I don't mean to imply that the Society hasn't attempted to make its mission widely known. It has, in fact, done an excellent job drawing attention to the Eastland disaster.
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