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Member Night: Even Before the White House | Toilets at Eastern State

July 28, 2022, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Member Night: Even Before the White House | Toilets at Eastern State

Members only. Registration required.* In-Person.

*NOTE: This event is currently at capacity. If you are interested in attending, please submit a registration form to be added to the wait list. If space opens up prior to the event, we will notify you via email.

While we might take it for granted today, the invention of indoor plumbing in the early 1800s revolutionized architectural design. Eastern State was built just as this cutting-edge system emerged, and when the penitentiary opened in 1829, with a flushing toilet in each cell, it was considered a technological marvel. In fact, Eastern State had running water indoors even before the White House!

Join Tour Programs Supervisor Matt Murphy for an in-depth look at the history of indoor plumbing and flush toilets at Eastern State. Consider the realities of living with a toilet in a confined space and discuss how modern prisons cope with plumbing issues today.

Please Note: This event will take place in person at Eastern State. Space is limited. 

This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets onlineor call 215-236-5111 x224. 

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