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

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. 

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