|July 11, 2001||Terrence Heeney||originally Oak Park, IL|
|October 17, 2000||Pearl Schaefer||Woodstock, IL|
|September 2, 2000||Cecilia Kough||Chicago, IL|
|July 25, 2000||Melonie Honeycutt||Tyler, TX|
|April 25, 2000||Robert Kern||Chicago, IL|
|April 8, 2000||Lois Durr||Oahu, HI|
|January 31, 2000||Georgiann Fuchs Kostka||Covina, CA|
|November 3, 1999||Robert Rodriguez||Bensenville, IL|
|November 1, 1999||Todd Hawes||Glendale Heights, IL|
|July 26, 1999||Carol Frieders||Aurora, IL|
|Presentations, exhibits and special events|
|August 4, 2002||Wauconda Area Library||Wauconda, IL|
|April 19, 2002||College Church Seniors/Keenagers||Wheaton, IL|
|November 10, 2001||Highland Park Public Library||Highland Park, IL|
|March 20, 2001||Glenview Public Library||Glenview, IL|
|August 12, 2000||Marcia Ashcom||originally south side of Chicago|
|July xx, 2000||Guest1||Location 1|
|July xx, 2000||Guest2||Location 2|
|July xx, 2000||Guest3||Location 3|
|March 15, 2000||Luther Village||Arlington Heights, IL|
|March 3, 2000||St. Mark Lutheran Church||Mt. Prospect, IL|
|March 1, 2000||Liz Garibay, Museum of Science and Industry||Chicago, IL|
|February 16, 2000||Illinois State Historical Society||Springfield, IL|
|July 25, 1999||Gary Kremholz||Arlington Heights, IL|
|December 10, 2000||Dr. Susan Fournier||DePaul University, Chicago, IL|
|November 5, 2000||Ryan Germain||Crofton, MD|
|October 20, 2000||Marilou Bautista||Chicago, IL|
|September 24, 2000||Tobin Roggenbuck||Oswego, IL|
|July 10, 2000||Alex Kim||Lake Forest, IL|
|May 27, 2000||Howard Myones||Hollywood, FL|
|March 10, 2000||Robin Sor||Chicago, IL|
|February 22, 2000||Jennifer Sellers||Cicero, IL|
|February 21, 2000||Science and Arts Academy||Des Plaines, IL|
|January 24, 2000||Josh Freedman||Chicago, IL|
|September 18, 1999||Rhonda Conlon||Pennsylvania|
|August 4, 1999||Ashley Miller||Idaho|
|February 23, 1999||Liz Ruiz||Cicero, IL|
|November 5, 2001||Frank Sweeney||Naperville, IL|
|August 23, 2001||Therese Marchewka Gasper||Riverside, IL|
|August 12, 2001||Lenore Same||Colorado|
|March 4, 2001||Linda Szalacinski||Milwaukee, WI|
|February 18, 2001||Ann Dodge||Elk Grove Village, IL|
|October 5, 2000||Lisa Walker||Holland, MI|
|August 5, 2000||Lauren Nelson||Gurnee, IL|
|April 25, 2000||Tom Ramsey||Chicago, IL|
|April 23, 2000||John Coleman||Chicago's South suburbs, IL|
|April 19, 2000||Carol Gapen||Naperville, IL|
|February 7, 2000||Shirley Dorgan||Darien, IL|
|January 23, 2000||Eileen (Watson) Kolin||Palatine, IL|
|January 14, 2000||Jack and Joyce Nilsen||Elmwood Park, IL|
|December 22, 1999||Jean Zack||Downers Grove, IL|
|December 19, 1999||Frank Sweeney||Naperville, IL|
|December 12, 1999||Virginia (Beverley) Reda||Addison, IL|
|November 25, 1999||Donna Keenan||Bolingbrook, IL|
|August 31, 1999||Dave Sweeney||Naperville, IL|
|August 15, 1999||Larry Bircher||Elmhurst, IL|
|February 18, 1999||Bob Dorgan||Darien, IL|
|August 20, 2001||Cathie Talarek||Wisconsin|
|August 8, 2001||Gordon Provost||Northumberland, England|
|August 2, 2001||Ellen Mitchell|
|July 26, 2001||Mary Heveron-Smith||Webster, NY|
|July 25, 2001||Lee Zolner||Brookfield, IL|
|March 10, 2001||Michael Smith||Florida|
|January 8, 2001||Brian Drake||U.S. Coast Guard, 9th District|
|September 18, 2000||Mary Edwards||North Carolina|
|August 11, 2000||Carrie Brissette||Indiana|
|March 9, 2000||Michael Beverley||Chicago, IL|
|January 9, 2000||Jane Rines||Hobart, IN|
|December 15, 1999||Jennifer Thomas||Ottawa, IL|
|November 1, 1999||Peter Chapman||Chicago, IL|
|October 2, 1999||Jean Mau||Rolling Meadows, IL|
|August 29, 1999||Wayne Suerth||Albuquerque, NM|
|July 27, 1999||Mike Colagrossi||Chicago, IL|
|July 25, 1999||Pat P.||Naperville, IL|
|May 19, 1999||Pam Osborn||Colorado|
|May 9, 1999||Norm Barton||Harrow, Ontario, Canada|
|April 18, 1999||Nancy Sena||Chicago, IL|
|March 5, 1999||Margaret Sweeney||Cicero, IL|
|February 2, 1999||Juan Lee||Salt Lake City, UT|
|November 5, 2001
I was impressed by the professionalism of your presentation. It was first class. Our people appreciated your thoughtful Christian message which concluded the program. I would be happy to serve as a reference should you ever desire that.
Barbara and Susan are an important part of the presentation - they bring a meaningful modern day relationship to the ninety-year-old story.
I will stay in touch with your web site to keep up with the story. Keep up your good work!
|November 5, 2001
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Continued best wishes,
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|August 8, 2001
It is an astonishing story, but what is more astonishing is that it is not better known. I had never heard of it before, yet the loss of life was apalling and the circumstances 'unusual,' to say the least.
Your site tells the story with precision and power. You never compromise the dignity of those who died, and your analysis is even handed and thoughtful.
Congratulations, we can't afford to forget stories like that of the unfortunate Eastland. Those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them, as someone once said!
Best wishes from Northumberland, England.
|August 2, 2001
Thank you for such a poignant web page that is both informative and a memorial to the people lost. Thanks to your efforts to preserve their memory, I can spend lots of hours searching for a connection. I also will become a member of your society.
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Lots to find, many questions to answer, so litte TIME! A common complaint of any family history researcher, I'm sure.
Thank you again for the picture! Matthew looks so much like our family that the link must be direct, now I just have to get down to Chi-town and get the records! THANK YOU!!!!!
|February 18, 2001
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|December 10, 2000
Dear Ted, Susan and Barbara,
Once again, thank you very much for your excellent lecture in my introduction to Sociology class on Wednesday. October 25, 2000. It was so well presented, organized and informative! And your photos and video were a wonderful asset, as well as the detailed depiction of the events leading up to the actual sinking of the Eastland. An immensely interesting lecture, overall.
And thank you for all of your efforts planning and arranging for this event, and also to Jean Decker for her contributions as Society Treasurer.
I was quite moved by your presentation. And I am grateful that you were willing to be a part of my class and my students' learning experience in sociology. From their comments after your lecture and at the end of the quarter, I can tell you that they were both intrigued and fascinated by the Eastland phenomenon. The inclusion of the Eastland Disaster into my curriculum this Fall was a perfect means of teaching the students how sociology can be used in the real world. In this case, to assist in uncovering the social meaning of the Eastland Disaster, then and now. Your participation in this course definitely sparked their sociological imagination!
I have enclosed copies of the students' essays which they also submitted to me for a grade. Students were given the option of whether or not to submit their individual essays to the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. I am proud to report that nearly all of the students requested that their papers be submitted. They expressed excitement at being able to make a lasting contribution and at the possibility of being published on your website. Except where indicated, you may feel free to use these essays on the website and in your future presentations, with proper acknowledgement, of course.
As requested, I have also included a copy of my introductory comments the day of your presentation. Additionally, I have provided you a copy of my lecture notes as presented previously to my class based on my own research into the sociological literature and concept of "social amnesia." You may, with acknowledgement, also use these notes on your website and feel free to incorporate them into any future presentations or publications.
Your presentation and the topic of the Eastland Disaster are well suited to the university level. I know that my students are excited at being a part of this rebirth of such an important part of Chicago's history. And I am as well.
Keep up the good work! It's a fascinating endeavor you're engaged in and a meaningful one, not just for us, but for future generations as well.
With warm regard,
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Very truly yours,
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|March 3, 2000
Many thanks for the wonderful program you and your family gave on "The Eastland Disaster" in February. The resident feedback here at Luther Village was very positive. Both the content and the style of your presentation were of the highest quality.
Please convey our thanks and well wishes to the other members of your family. Good luck in fostering your crusade to establish the Eastland Disaster as an important part of Chicago history.
|March 3, 2000
What a pleasure to meet all of you and have you share with our St. Mark Seniors the tragic story of the Eastland. Yours was a very interesting and informative presentation on one of the sadder events in Chicago history.
I'm sure that your efforts will keep alive the memories of all those who lost their lives so prematurely. One wonders what contributions those individuals might have made to our society had they survived.
Thank you again for joining us.
|February 21, 2000
On behalf of the Science and Arts Academy, we thank you for coming to our school to present the very interesting, enlightening, and moving story of the sinking of the Eastland.
Your program was exactly right for our upper school study of the Millennium. In addition to telling us about a very important, but little known tragedy, it provided us with some insight as to how individuals can preserve and keep alive important events of the past. The students thought so, as well. We followed up the several presentations we had during the month, asking students' views of the various programs we offered during the month. They rated your program among the best and most interesting. They commented that your visuals were especially helpful, as well, and made the event very interesting and relevant.
We hope that your Eastland disaster program continues to receive the increasing exposure and heightened response that it deserves.
|February 16, 2000
It was wonderful meeting you last Tuesday evening at the Titanic opening. The staff all agreed that the section on the Eastland was the only part of the whole exhibit that gave the artifacts and story some context. Your organization should be proud of how the Eastland story is presented.
I have enclosed a brochure on our organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.
|February 18, 1999
I don't think I can find the words to thank you enough for the birthday treats you all gave me. Wishing me a happy birthday was very nice but then Bob had told you it was my day. The balloon and the very nice card added to it and made it special, but your home made cake and the candles were so nice that I am at a loss for words to express my appreciation to you.
Your presentation on the Eastland Disaster was done very professionally and I can't tell you how happy you made Bob for adding the part about his Uncle Wm. F. Corbett. You made his day too by allowing him to say a few words.
I can honestly tell you that he is very happy to have you folks take possesion of his uncle's star when the Museum of Science and Industry program is over in September. We both agree you do a spectacular job of giving the Eastland Disaster the publicity it deserves. We have discussed who he would leave the star to and agree completely you will be the one's that will give it the tender loving care it deserves.
Thank you again,
P.S. Please share this with Barb, Ted, and Jean.
|January 31, 2000
Georgiann Fuchs Kostka
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|January 23, 2000
This is Eileen Kolin ( Watson). I gave you my fathers story and his medals and a cup for running for Western Electric. My daughter and I went to the Rolling Meadows library to hear your program and see the pictures in the case. My daughter came over and told me that she was in the library and looked at the case and there was a picture of her grandfather. She told me about your program, so we both went.
I was suprised to see so many people there. I was inpressed with all the work that you have put into this project. The program that you presented was very nice and very informative. Every one seemed to like it a lot. There was a lot of particiaption after the show. I just wanted to congratulate you and all those who work with you on this. I am very happy that my Dad is included in your presentation. I called my sister in Florida and told her all about it, she was so happy that she shed a tear. I don't know why we cry because we are happy to have imparted our information of my Dad's day to you.
Keep up the good work and if I can ever be of any help to you, I will be glad to do what I can.
|January 14, 2000
I am sorry to tell you that my mother, Grace Nilsen, passed away on January 6, 2000. The living survivors of the Eastland are diminshed by one. It was a blessing that Kenneth and my mother could see each other in October. Thank you for making this possible.
|January 9, 2000
|December 22, 1999
Just wanted to let you know that Donna Keenan (Anton Brychta's g-granddaughter) and I (Joseph Brychta's granddaughter) were finally able to meet last week.
We spent over 2 hours just talking about the families each of us never knew before, exchanging a lot of family information & pictures. Donna's family say the resemblance between the pictures of my mom as a child and some of her family are absolutely uncanny. My family has never had any Brychta family pictures except those of my mom. I now have a copy of a picture of Anton & his wife Christine.
After the holidays, Donna & her mom (my 2nd cousin) will be getting together. It will be the first time her mom & I will be meeting. We're trying to figure out a good way for the first cousins (my mom, Apolina Brychta McKay, and Donna's grandma, Anna Brychta Carter) to meet. They're both very elderly, almost shut-ins and don't do very well leaving their homes in this kind of weather.
Anna had always thought my mom & aunt had perished on the Eastland along with their father, Joseph. She was very surprised when she found out they were both alive & well. Apparently when she heard (as a very young child) that 2 little girls in the family also died, she thought they were my mom & aunt, but in reality it was the Turek girls, Alma & Edna that had died.
What a wonderful Christmas gift you have given two families - to discover each other after all these years.
Thank you and may you and your family have a very joyous Christmas.,
|December 19, 1999
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Enclosed are two photos of my grandparents, Bernard John and Elizabeth Beverley. I am so very pleased that their story will be included in the web site, along with their photos. Most of all I am pleased that the story of the Eastland is finally being told.
I saw the coverage of the dive for artifacts that was on NBC today, and it is evident that there are many like myself, that feel it is long overdue. I truly applaud all the individuals that are responsible for putting this all together and bringing it to the attention of the general public. There are, I am sure, many, many people that have been very surprised that a disaster of such magnitude took place right here in Chicago, and that so little has ever been published about the incident. Even the Edmund Fitzgerald that sunk in the middle of Lake Michigan has a song written about it, and the loss of life did not come close to that of the Eastland.
My grandparents had seven children, of which only one survives, and she is so very pleased that the story of the Eastland is finally receiving its just place in the history of Chicago.
I wish you and yours a Very Happy Holiday Season.
|November 25, 1999
I can not begin to thank you for all you have done. You have brought together a side of my family that I never knew existed! I all ways assumed that Anton and Joseph Brychta were the only children. And going by what my Gram said, God love her she is 92 today, Joseph lost his 2 daughters too. I didn't ever think to ask her if she had any other Aunts and Uncles on the Brychta side of the family. THANK YOU THANK YOU for giving me and my family a piece of my family that we didn't know were there!!! I have talked to my cousin Jean on the phone and so has my mom. She is a wonderful person and I can't wait for my Gram, Anton's daughter, and Apolina, Jean's mom and Joseph's daughter, to meet and see each other!! Thank you again for making this a very special Thanksgiving!!!
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I can't thank you enough for the well deserved recognition you have given to my Uncle, Bill Corbett. He was such a quiet man who would never speak up and tell about things like this that occurred in his life.
My mother, Juanita Corbett Dorgan, would be very happy to see this recognition, too, and from up in heaven she joins me in thanking you. My mother and her brother Bill were very close. I can't wait to share this recognition with all of his nieces and nephews.
Once again, Ted, I sincerely thank you. And I must admit that even though I sent you the information on my uncle, reading it here on your web pages brought goose bumps and a tear out of this proud nephew of William F. Corbett.
Thank you again,
|February 2, 1999
Thank you for your efforts.
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