Event: The Cherry Hill Mine Disaster


The Cherry Hill Mine Disaster

Highland Park Historical Society will host ‘Cherry Hill Mine Disaster,’ with Jeffrey Stern. at the Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

This is the story of how a small mining town about 100 miles southwest of Chicago became a scene of indescribable tragedy. When hay intended for mules used to pull carts of coal 320 feet below ground caught fire, a series of unfortunate decisions led to the deaths of hundreds, devastating their dependent families.

Jeff Stern, a board member of both the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago and the Highland Park Historical Society, first presented this program at the Chicago Fire Academy on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

Despite its location, the Cherry Mine Disaster is of significance locally because crews of firemen and their apparatus were called in from Chicago to help extinguish the fire, and a number of miners’ descendants later settled in Highwood.

The account being presented was taken from the official “Report on The Cherry Mine Disaster,” issued by the Illinois State Board of Commissioners of Labor in 1910, and from a book by Karen Tintori, whose grandfather, John Tintori, survived the disaster because he was unable to go to work that day. The book, entitled, Trapped – The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster, was published in 2002, and is part of the collection at the Highland Park Public Library.

This event is free.  For further information and a Zoom link, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or