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Member Saturday: Unearthing Stories through Genealogy

February 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Unearthing Stories through Genealogy

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 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.

February Member Saturday: Unearthing Stories through Genealogy

In 2018 alone, Eastern State received more than 60 genealogy research requests. Students, historians, writers, and family members – among others – frequently ask us to delve into our archives for information regarding a specific Eastern State prisoner, staff member, or topic. Because such information is deeply personal, this often means encountering not only history, but also embarrassment, discomfort, relief, or satisfaction.

Join Annie Anderson, Manager of Research and Public Programming, for a closer look at the roundabout work of genealogy research. From a published poet to a cigar maker in love with a local anarchist leader – come hear about Annie’s experience uncovering surprising stories about some of the individuals who made up Eastern State’s 80,000-person population over time.

This is an indoor event in a climate-controlled space. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Want to uncover some Eastern State stories of your own? Feel free to ask Annie about free, public resources to help guide you on your search. And don’t forget that Eastern State Members also receive a discount on genealogy research requests.

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

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

Photo: Mary Kalck (inmate B-5894), photographed in 1911; collection of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

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