I discovered the Eastland when I was 26 years old. It was 1999 and I was curating an exhibition about the Titanic at the Museum of Science and Industry. As a native Chicagoan and local history buff, the discovery was a shock in more ways than one. In my head, and in my heart, I was 26 years behind schedule and 84 years too late.
On July 24, 1915, the S.S. Eastland was docked at the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle streets. One of five excursion vessels chartered by the