Lost on the Lady Elgin




New Trier East graduate and award-winning author, Valerie Olson van Heest, has written a book that details a horrific maritime accident that took place just off the shores of Winnetka. Lost on the Lady Elgin takes readers back to 1860: to the golden age of passenger travel on the Great Lakes…to the eve of a presidential election…… to the brink of Civil War facing the young nation….and to a dark, stormy night when 400 excursionists on board the palatial side-wheel steamer Lady Elgin were awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of a terrible crash–a crash that would end in the deadliest lake disaster on record.


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