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  • November 30, 2018 – December 21, 2018

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to ESP.   One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 81,096 children with a parent incarcerated in a PA state prison. How can we come together as a community to support families experiencing incarceration during the holidays?  

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  • December 15, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Let's Talk About Justice

    Members only.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. December Member Saturday: Let's Talk About Justice

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  • December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

    Pop-Up Museum: Sports and Leisure

    Standard Admission. The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of prisoner-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade weapons) are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices. Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building’s lack of museum-quality climate control makes it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

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  • January 19, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: January 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • January 19, 2019, 11:30 am – January 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

    Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

    Readings of the Letter and Family Activities: Free. ESP Tours: Standard Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail" with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today.

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  • February 5, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Brianna Remster: The Impact of Incarceration on Political Representation and Voting

    Free. Reception to follow.

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  • February 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: February 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • March 5, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: March 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • March 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: March 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • April 20, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: April 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • May 7, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: May 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • May 18, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: May 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • June 4, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: June 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • June 15, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: June 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • July 2, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • July 20, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: July 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • August 6, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: August 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • August 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: August 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • September 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • September 21, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: September 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • October 1, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • October 19, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: October 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • November 5, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • November 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: November 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • December 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • December 21, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: December 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. These unique, inside looks will showcase new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, uncover our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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