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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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  • June 9, 2017

    I want a rest!

    The question most frequently asked about Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s extensive collection of more than 4,500 mugshots is, “What’s that on their heads?”

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  • April 25, 2017

    Orange is the New Black: The Prequel

    Like hordes of other American pop culture consumers, I’m watching—and loving—the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. The show, set at a minimum security women’s prison, explores the daily struggles of a diverse cast of female inmates, as well as their keepers.

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  • April 25, 2017

    Should Architects Be Discouraged from Designing Prisons?

    Michael Kimmelman wrote in The New York Times last week about a debate within the American Institute of Architects.

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