Eastland disaster video discovered by UIC grad student

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An amazing piece of Chicago history has been uncovered.

A graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago came across the first-known film footage of the Eastland disaster while doing online research.

The footage was found while searching a Dutch museum archive collection. The 55-second clip was part of a 14-minute film about World War I.

Ironically, the discovery comes at the approaching 100-year anniversary of the Eastland disaster.

The boat capsized on the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, killing 844 people.

To view the clip: http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/news/First-Known-Archived-Film-Footage-of-the-Eastland-Disaster-Located
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