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Eastern State Penitentiary launches expanded virtual programming

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site has introduced a slate of new online content including virtual historic tours, livestreamed discussions, and several weekly video series. These program additions bring the mission of Eastern State Penitentiary online while the historic site is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
“Our work has never been more important. Our team has developed multiple platforms to engage the public with issues that are literally life and death for people living and working in prisons,” said Sean Kelley, senior vice president. “We’ve made room for playful content, too, and some more traditional historical programming. Connection is really important right now, whether it be over important issues or just breaking isolation online with something interesting or fun.”

Since the site temporarily closed on March 13, Eastern State Penitentiary has seen engagement across its social media platforms increase by 33 percent. In addition to an online walkthrough tour and “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, Eastern State Penitentiary has introduced new virtual programming.

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