July 28, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Member Night: Even Before the White House | Toilets at Eastern State
Members only. Registration required. In-Person.
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 online or call 215-236-5111 x224.