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  • February 6, 2019

    Samuel Young: "An Aberration of Mind"

    Editors’ Note: Today’s guest blogger is Taylor Bagwell, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Taylor is double majoring in American Studies and Finance and enjoys being a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She and her professor, Jonathan W.

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  • December 20, 2018

    New Year's at Eastern State

    For most people, December 31 is a day spent with loved ones counting down the last minutes of another year – reminiscing about days past and sharing wishes for the months ahead. Ringing in the New Year from a prison cell, like celebrating any holiday while incarcerated, is a dismal prospect.

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  • December 18, 2018

    A Fresh Take on Al Capone

    "The whole room was suffused in the glow of a desk lamp which stood on a polished desk.... On the once-grim walls of the penal chamber hung tasteful paintings, and the strains of a waltz were being emitted by a powerful cabinet radio receiver of handsome design and fine finish..."

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  • November 15, 2018

    Thanksgiving in Prison

    Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving for centuries – spending a day every November eating good food, entertaining company, and expressing gratitude.

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  • October 22, 2018

    Stories and Second Chances: Rob Rosa, Board Spotlight

    Everyone has a story. The stories we tell others and the stories told about us make a lasting impact. Rob Rosa, an Eastern State Board member since 2015, believes that if his story can touch even one person, then it is worth sharing.

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  • October 15, 2018

    Skeletons in Our Cellblocks

    I recently listened to a podcast about paleontology. The hosts talked about the painstaking work of unearthing bones and other fossilized remains, studying them, and putting all the pieces together. 

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  • October 5, 2018

    A Letter to Lincoln

    Editors’ Note: Today’s guest blogger is Taylor Bagwell, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Taylor is double majoring in American Studies and Finance and enjoys being a sister of Alpha Delta Pi.

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  • June 27, 2018

    Eastern State Member Spotlight: Jennifer Tomczak

    We asked Jennifer Tomczak, Director of Interactivity for Terror Behi

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  • December 14, 2017

    Eastern Apps: Visualizing Historic Prison Data

    The American Philosophical Society Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched a suite of apps that allow researchers to explore historic prison data.

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  • November 16, 2017

    Congratulations to our 15th Annual Members Photo Contest Winners

    Members submitted a diverse array of photographs for the annual Members Photo Contest. Visitors to Eastern State Penitentiary viewed the display of photographs all weekend-long on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 and voted for their favorite Black and White as well as Color entry.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner