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Member Saturday: Explore the Newly Preserved Soup Alley

April 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Explore the Newly Preserved Soup Alley

Members only. Registration required.

Join President and CEO Sally Elk to explore one of our most recent preservation projects, Soup Alley. Visit the site’s communal dining area for prisoners, and, for the first time, step inside a mess hall and enjoy an unobscured view of the main kitchen.

Located on a wedge of land between Cellblocks 4 and 5, Soup Alley contained a fully equipped kitchen and, as of 1924, two massive but narrow mess halls where prisoners ate together. After initial stabilization in 2013, Eastern State began interpreting this space on Hands-On History tours. In recent months, Soup Alley has been closed for extensive preservation.

Now, thanks to the help of dedicated supporters and a Keystone grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Soup Alley is back. Be among the first to delve deeper than ever before into the newly preserved space, and learn about how and why we chose to make this space more accessible to visitors.

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

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections.

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Photo: Soup Alley construction, c. 1952, collection of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, gift of the Scheerer family.

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