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  • March 11, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Reopening Member Preview

    Members only. Registration required. After four months, Eastern State is reopening to the public, and, as always, members are invited back to the penitentiary first. Members, join us Thursday, March 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for special evening preview hours!

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  • March 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Law & Order | Reality, Not TV

    Members only. Registration required. Join Adnan Zulfiqar, legal scholar, historian and Associate Professor at Rutgers Law School, for a rousing discussion of criminal law and procedure. You'll be surprised to learn all the crucial things your favorite courtroom TV shows leave out. Professor Zulfiqar will explore the key questions our courts try to answer when balancing our personal liberties with public safety and examine how these inquiries relate to the most fundamental challenges our legal system faces.

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  • April 6, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: Ending the Hidden Punishment of Food in Prison

    Free. Live-streamed on Facebook and via Zoom webinar.

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  • April 17, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Eastern State Adapts for Climate Change

    Members only. Registration required. In celebration of Earth Day, join Sally Elk, President & CEO, and Liz Trumbull, Manager of Historic Preservation, as they discuss Eastern State’s efforts in sustainability. Learn more about our new stormwater basins, built during the first phase of construction on our new visitor center, and get a look at long-range planning strategies for future stormwater management projects at Eastern State.

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  • May 4, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: May 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • May 15, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: True Crime | Sensational or Empowering?

    Members only. Registration required. Turn on your TV or tune into the radio, and you’ll likely encounter a true crime drama that has the public obsessed. What drives this fascination with true crime? Is the genre merely sensational or does it also educate its fans about the realities of the criminal justice system?

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  • June 1, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: June 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • June 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Sketch Eastern State

    Members only. Registration required. Eastern State’s iconic imagery has inspired artists for centuries. Photographers, painters, and sketch artists alike have used their medium of choice to capture their unique perspective of the penitentiary’s eerie beauty. Now, try your hand at drawing Eastern State’s cathedral-like, barrel-vaulted cellblocks with guidance and tips from a local artist. No prior art or sketching experience necessary. Artist to be announced.

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  • July 6, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • July 17, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: July 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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  • August 3, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: August 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • August 21, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: August 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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  • September 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • September 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: September 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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  • October 5, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • October 16, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: October 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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  • November 2, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • November 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: November 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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  • December 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced.

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  • December 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: December 2021

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email. To ensure you receive this link, please try to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Member Saturday you plan to attend.

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