Wednesday, September 5, 2012



The Scottish American History Club will meet this coming Saturday, September 8, 2012,  in Heritage Hall at the Scottish home located at 2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL. The program will be conducted by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. 

On Saturday, July 24, 1915, 7000 people gathered at the Chicago River for the annual employee picnic of Western Electric. Many of them boarded the Eastland and within five minutes, 20 feet from shore, 844 people perished. Most of them lived in the Cicero and Berwyn area not far from the location of our meeting on Saturday.

The Eastland Disaster Historical Society is dedicated to keeping memories alive with stories, pictures and presentations. This is a program you will enjoy and is a part of Chicago’s history. There is no charge but reservations are appreciated. The program is made possible by a generous donation from June Steele and the Halverson Fund. Call 708-447-5092 for reservations and travel information.


The first Fall History Tour is scheduled for October 6, 2012. The chartered bus will arrive at the Scottish home at noon and we will leave promptly at 12:30 PM.  Our first stop will be at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois. This magnificent building is located on the campus of Wheaton College. The first floor is a mseum dedicated to the life and ministry of the Rev. William Franklin Graham,Jr. The Museum notes that he had a strong Scottish heritage

Billy Graham met his wife, Ruth Bell, while both were attending Wheaton College.  Mrs. Graham was born in China to missionary parents who also had a Scottish heritage. Ruth Bell Graham died June 14, 2007 at their home in Montreat, North Carolina.


The second stop on our fall tour will be at the Center for History, a facility of the Wheaton Historic Preservation Council. This beautiful mseum, designed by the same firm that designed the Georgeson wing and our mseum, is located on Front Street in downtown Wheaton, Illinois. Alberta Adamson, CFRE, is the President and CEO. 

The exhibits are: War of the Rebellion, 1861-65,  Frames of the Eastland Disaster, Wheaton’s Link to Golf, and Wheaton’s National Hall of Fame. I can almost guarantee that you will learn something new,especially about golf!

Cost is $25.00 per person which includes transportation and admissions. Call 708-447-5092 for reservations before September 30 or visit our store.  Special discounts are available for teens and families. Call me at 630.629.4516 or send me an email for more information.

NOVEMBER 6, 2012

Molly McNeil goes to Africa.  Mark your calendar - more information later! 

Wayne Rethford
Scottish American History Club
(630) 629-4516 

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