ISHS award presentation
(left to right David Scott-ISHS President, Barbara Decker Wachholz, Ted Wachholz)

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EDHS efforts earn two awards

The Eastland Disaster Historical Society received two awards1 from the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) at the annual awards ceremony sponsored by ISHS.  Held in Nauvoo, Illinois on April 26, the awards were the highest level possible in each of the two categories.

EDHS received a Best Web Site award, the first ever best web site recognition issued by ISHS.  The ISHS Award Committee declared, "The site is informative, easy to navigate, and engaging.  The inclusion of primary sources and secondary analysis is useful."

Later in the program, EDHS received a Superior Achievement Award for the exhibit "S.S. Eastland: America's Great Maritime Disaster."  This twelve month exhibit in South Haven, Michigan was a fine collaborative effort between EDHS and the Michigan Maritime Museum.  The ISHS Award Committee stated that, "This is a fabulous exhibit!  A remarkable opportunity to educate thousands in regard to the disaster and to continue to make connections with families whose ancestors had a connection to it."

The awards received this year were the second and third state awards received, adding to the award from 2001.

1The ISHS annual awards serve to recognize and encourage the efforts of individuals, groups and organizations in the collection, preservation and dissemination of state, local, regional, ethnic and specialized history.

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