Artifacts After Dark – October 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2020

Locked safely away in Eastern State Penitentiary’s climate-controlled darkroom, hundreds of artifacts rest in neatly organized drawers. Thousands of photographs fill museum storage boxes. Rare books line the shelves. Each object is an irreplaceable historic treasure that tells part of Eastern State’s complex story.

Every Thursday, October 2020, 7:00pm
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Every Thursday evening in October at 7:00 pm, Erica Harman, Manager of Archives and Records, will bring a different selection of Eastern State artifacts out of the darkroom and into the night. What can these objects tell us about life at the penitentiary? What do they help reveal about what it’s like to be incarcerated today?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be live-streamed on Facebook. But six Eastern State members at the Contributor, Ambassador, or Visionary level are invited to join us on site each week, for an up close and personal look at the artifacts! Learn more. Not a Member? Join today!

Weekly Themes:
October 1 – Week 1: Sports and Games
October 8 – Week 2: Connection, Inside/Out
October 15 – Week 3: Art and Music
October 22 – Week 4: Power and Control
October 29 – Week 5: Tools of the Trade