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Member Saturday: Let's Talk About Justice

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

What is justice? And what impact does this concept have on how we think about prisons? How can examining Eastern State’s past with justice in mind help us consider present-day issues? Join us for an interactive experience inviting people of all ages to discuss these questions while learning about the past and present of American criminal justice reform.

Education Specialist Samantha Hunter will lead a series of engaging conversations about Eastern State’s history to help visitors consider the concept of justice over time. Using historic images, documents, and other records from the penitentiary’s archives, visitors will have the opportunity to make connections between Eastern State’s past and prisons today. At the end of the tour, all participants will be invited to make a souvenir button with a slogan or image relating to justice that they can wear home.

Because it is interactive and was designed with young people in mind, this tour is perfect for families. It is recommended for children ages 10 and up, but all are encouraged to attend. The tour will take place both indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

While you’re here, help us spread some holiday cheer! From November 30 through December 21, Eastern State is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive – partnering with local organizations to collect gifts for children with incarcerated parents. Consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy or children’s book with you, and donate it to help us spread holiday cheer this season!

(Photo Credit: Independence National Historical Park)

This event is free for all members. Reserve tickets online at or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.

Not a member? Join today! Questions? Email us at [email protected].

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