About Us

THE EASTLAND DISASTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY (EDHS) was founded to create lasting legacies for the victims, survivors, heroes, and anyone affected by the tragedy.

The Eastland Disaster Historical Society (EDHS) is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization co-founded in 1998 by Susan Decker and Barbara Decker Wachholz, the granddaughters (and only grandchildren) of brave survivor Borghild Amelia Aanstad. Together with Susan and Barbara's mother, Jean Decker, and Barbara's husband, Ted Wachholz, these four were the EDHS founding family.

Jean Decker passed away October 5, 2015 just a few months after helping orchestrate the incredible centennial anniversary gathering that July.