Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “SS Eastland: The Titanic of the Great Lakes” on April 4

Join the Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) and local historian Alex Kercher for a fascinating talk titled, “SS Eastland: The Titanic of the Great Lakes,” on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI.

Although few have heard of it, anyone who hears the story will never forget it. The SS Eastland was the greatest loss of life in a maritime disaster on the Great Lakes when she flipped onto her side in the Chicago River in 1915. If the Titanic is the story of hubris, the Eastland is a tale of unintended consequences. Hear the ill-fated tale from construction, sinking, salvage, and legacy.

This event is free for RAHS members. Nonmembers are asked to consider a $5 suggested donation at the door. Registration is required. Register online at, by sending an email to, or call 248-266-5440 and leave a message.

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