Sunday, July 27, 2014 –
Center for History honors the Memory of the Eastland Disaster
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.
|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.
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.