Heritage Museum Presents “The Story of the S.S. Eastland” on July 19th

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center invites the public to join us on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30pm for a special program titled “Just 20 Feet from Safety: The Story of the S.S. Eastland.” Nationally known actor Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal, giving audiences a new, first-person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture. Learn more about the deadliest shipwreck in Great Lakes history through this one-man, interactive presentation for all ages.

Ollie Sanders, a Western Electric employee, was an eyewitness to the disaster of the S.S. Eastland. The “Speed Queen of the Great Lakes” claimed 844 lives when she capsized on the Chicago River on July 24, 1915. Join us as Ollie relives the events, aftermath and ongoing legends that surround the sinking. The Eastland had been a familiar sight in our local harbor—at the time of the wreck, it was owned by the St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company of St. Joseph.

No admission fee is required, but a suggested donation of $5 will help support the mission of the Heritage Museum. The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan, at the Priscilla U. Byrns Center. Admission to all exhibits is free; exhibit open hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Thursday 10am-8pm. For more information, call the Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191 or visit