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17-year-old Ruzena M. Henzlik was employed as a typist with the Western Electric Company. She died July 24, 1915 during the Eastland Disaster. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Henzlik and many victims are found in Section 16 of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.
Last week was the 99th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. We have some relevant historical material, but see the Wikipedia link above for a general overview of this horrifying accident.
Too cool! We have the Jane Abortion papers, which are interviews from the Jane Abortion service, an arm of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, although the majority of the official papers are held at the Chicago History Museum. We highly recommend checking them out!
Knowledge about plants that can cure or harm has been prized, and feared, for hundreds of years. In this enchanted book, you’ll find out which poisons are produced by which plants, and flip the pages to reveal history and folklore.
A vision of 2000, drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists to be used on cigar boxes and postcards, for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. It’s actually kind of sad how little of this we have. Who wouldn’t want to travel by whale?