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Member Saturday: Made at Eastern State

December 19, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Made at Eastern State

Members only. Registration required.

Throughout the penitentiary’s history, people incarcerated at Eastern State made toys, such as doll clothes, chess sets, miniature cutlery, wooden figurines, model ships, and piggy banks. When the prison was operational, Eastern State’s entrance even featured a small store in which the toys and trinkets were displayed and sold.

Join Erica Harman, manager, archives and records, for a look at some of these intricate, handmade objects now stored in our archives. Then, try your hand at making your own replica of an Eastern State artifact with an interactive DIY demonstration.

Susan Hagen, a sculptor whose work has been displayed at Eastern State, will teach you how to make your own soap carving.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Member Saturday events will be held online until further notice. Register now and keep an eye on your email for updates. A Zoom invitation will be emailed 24 hours in advance.

Holiday Toy Drive: We're unable to accept Holiday Toy Drive donations at the penitentiary this year, but our partners still need your help to spread some holiday cheer! Learn More >

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

Join us at 11:00 am on the third Saturday of every month for this special members-only program. Not a Member? Join today! Questions? Email us at [email protected]

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