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Sunday, September 29th at 3 p.m.
Join us for the The Eastland Women program presented by John Heinz. The Eastland Women were “spinsters”, wives, and mothers. Most worked at Western Electric winding coils of wire. Some were the “bread winner” for their family. July 24, 1915 was to be a special day in their lives - no work, just an enjoyable day in Michigan City, Indiana with family and friends. How did the women cope with the aftermath of the Eastland capsizing in the Chicago River? Historian John Heinz will present an insightful program answering that question.

John Heinz is an academic librarian who became a yacht carpenter and artist. As a boy he saw the last configuration of the Eastland as a naval training ship, U.S.S. Wilmette. He made models for architect Helmut Jahn and models of the S.S. Eastland, S.S. Favorite, and Graeme Stewart. He has published a book and wrote several articles on maritime history and building ship models. His paintings have been displayed in museums.

Reservations are suggested.
Contact info@wheatonhistory.com or 630-665-8366.
Program Fee: $5 or members free • Refreshments served after program