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Want to support our work to preserve and interpret this important historic site?

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  • History is alive here... with your help!

    History is alive at Eastern State — through the stories of people who lived and worked here and through the conversations about the legacy of American criminal justice reform that take place here. Your year-end donation will provide critical support as we prepare to write the next chapter in our history together.

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  • Become a Member

    Explore Eastern State’s long-abandoned cellblocks. Immerse yourself in history. Delve deeper into meaningful conversations about criminal justice reform. Become an Eastern State Member today and receive exclusive benefits.

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  • Planned Giving

    Members of The Danielle Rice Legacy Circle support Eastern State by making a gift in their will. Legacy gifts help to ensure that our shared vision – preserving and interpreting this landmark, engaging visitors, and deepening the national conversation about criminal justice – is passed on to future generations.

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  • Funders & Donors

    We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of our funders and donors.

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  • The Road Ahead

    We are at a crossroads. Having addressed most of the stabilization and programmatic challenges that faced the organization 20 years ago, the time has come for a new, more ambitious vision. We have rewritten our mission statement to embody our new vision, and created an ambitious Strategic Plan for the infrastructure and visitor amenities necessary to realize this site’s extraordinary potential.

    Click here to see a synopsis of our accomplishments and our vision of the future.

    Screenshot of the first page of this report2018 Update      Screenshot of page one of this report2019 Update
    Screenshot of the first page of this report2020 Update      Screenshot of page one of this report2021 Update



  • Additional Information

    If you are sending us a check or money order, please mail to:

    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Attn: Advancement Office
    2027 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130

    Please note that gifts must be postmarked by December 31 to be included in the current calendar year for tax purposes.

    Eastern State’s Tax Identification Number is: 31-1627155.

    If you wish to make a gift of appreciated stock, or some other form of gift, please contact the Advancement Office by calling (215) 236-5111 x224 or email us at [email protected].



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