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Member Saturday: The Story of the Front Gate

October 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: The Story of the Front Gate

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, 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.

October Member Saturday: The Story of the Front Gate

October is Archives Month, and Eastern State is opening its rarely seen collection to celebrate. Eastern State Archivist, Erica Harman, will present highlights of the collection, including the penitentiary’s original front door, a massive and imposing metal and wooden structure as well as historic locks and keys used by guards to enter and leave each day.

Members will learn the story of the original gate’s removal and the addition of the secure double door in the mid-20th century. After viewing the collection, members will tour the historic site’s entrance with an expert tour guide and view the architectural updates.

This event is free for all members. Reserve tickets online at or call 215-236-5111 x 224. Space is limited.

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

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