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Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 3 pm
Center for History honors the Memory of the Eastland Disaster

Eastland Disaster Remembrances & Conversation Program & Exhibit
Join the Eastland Fellowship Authority at the Center for History for an afternoon of sharing family stories and giving tribute to the Eastland victims on Sunday, July 27 at 3 pm at 315 W. Front St. 2nd floor, Wheaton. Photos, personal tales and memorabilia are highlighted in the new Eastland Gallery exhibit, Heartbreak · Heroism · Healing – the Tales of the S.S. Eastland in honor of the 99th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. Alberta Adamson will present a compelling program featuring many of the heartbreaking stories of those who perished on July 24, 1915; the passengers rescued; the unselfish courage of those helping at the dock, in the morgues, or at the plant; and the thoughtful support from family, friends, fellow employees and the Chicago community.

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Schools Find a Respite at Front Street
The Center presented programs to more than 1,300 students this year. After a No Rights! presentation at our Main Street museum, schools from Chicago and Lincolnwood were happy to have lunch space at the Front Street museum. Front Street was set-up with tables and chairs to accommodate six groups.

2nd Graders Discover Wheaton
This year, the Center secured Discover Wheaton grants for the 2nd grade local history programs. The grant included funds for Images of Wheaton program and the Government Walking tour. Plus there are ten Wheaton Heritage panels 27" x 48" that could be hung at the schools. Several schools participated and Longfellow School hosted a Longfellow Day. The second graders presented a program and sang a special Wheaton song to parents, alumni, and friends. Ann Wheaton Wanzenburg, Longfellow alumnus and whose children now attend Longfellow was a guest speaker. Alberta Adamson shared images of the schools that were located on that block in a PowerPoint presentation, including Wheaton Central School (grades 1-12); Longfellow (grades 1-8 and now grade K-5); Wheaton High School (grades 9-12); Wheaton Junior High (grades 7-8). The students did a magnificent job and the history of their school will always remain with them.

Interns from China Explore Archives in US
Ming Jin and Mailing Lin have been busy helping with the upcoming Eastland publication by restoring vintage photos and helping analyze the list of victims from several sources. Not an easy task since some names are not on every list. There were 27 different ethnic groups represented so spelling of names fluctuated. As part of the program through COD, activities were planned for Fridays, weekends and some evenings. The students visited museums and archives, toured Chicago, watched parades, and naturally shopped. Ming and Mailing visited the Wade Center to see how the collections were processed and conserved. Alberta was asked to present some history on the Chicago River and its architecture during a river cruise.

History Attracts Visitors From Other States
Jessica Tefft from Arlington, VA, a relative of Henry Dan Compton visited Wheaton last month. H.D. Compton was a prominent builder in the area between the late 1800s and early 1900s. He built Trinity Episcopal Church and his home was at 506 N. West Street. Of special interest to her was the wedding dress of Mary Compton, daughter of H. D. Compton, who married Butler Fred Taylor in1896. Mary’s marriage certificate and wedding book were included in the donation. The wedding book has the signatures of witnesses including her father, E.H. Gary, James B. Peironnet, Mrs. Jesse C. Wheaton, F. Emory Wheaton, and many more Compton, Wheaton, Gary and Waterman names.
Sallie Sauer from Garden City, SC visited with her daughter Donna Chartrand to see the Foulis golf memorabilia. Simpson Foulis was her grandfather who lived on North Wheaton Avenue. His brother James was the 1st golf professional at Chicago Golf Club in 1895. After James and his brothers David and Robert, also golf professionals, came to Wheaton from St. Andrews, Scotland the rest of the family joined them. The family is buried in Wheaton Cemetery. Helen Hays stopped by from Aurora, CO for information on the Eastland disaster for a historical fiction she is working on.

Collection Donation
People always think of the Center when they have some interesting golf memorabilia to donate. Recently we received a score card, committee ribbon, and event tag for a Red Cross Exhibition Golf Match held on August 18, 1918 at the Lincoln Park Golf Club. The match was hosted by the All Around Club and featured Chick Evans, Jock Hutchinson, Phil Gaudin, and Warren K. Wood. Regular tournaments were banned during the war so these exhibition matches were created to generate revenue for the war effort.