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  • October 17, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Writing on the Margins | Poe, Dickens, and Incarceration in Philadelphia

    Members only. Registration required. Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe met for the first time in Philadelphia in 1842. Their writings revealed a shared fascination with the grim and the macabre but also an interest in exploring deeper topics like poverty, crime, and the margins of society. Tour Programs Supervisor Matt Murphy will examine the overlap between the works of Poe, Dickens, and incarceration in 19th century Philadelphia.

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  • November 21, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Indigenous People and Incarceration

    Members only. Registration required. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Eastern State researcher Annie Anderson will discuss the history of Native American people incarcerated at the penitentiary, Eastern State’s relationship with the local Native American community, and how the justice system impacts Indigenous communities today.

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  • 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.

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