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One Of The Most Famous Prison Museums Addresses The Mass Incarceration Crisis

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, built in 1829, gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. “Talking about the site’s history didn’t seem like enough for Sean Kelley, senior vice president and director of interpretation. Two years ago, … [he] helped rewrite the museum’s mission statement, declaring that Eastern State would no longer be neutral in recognizing mass incarceration as a crisis.” Shannon Eblen has a look at the new exhibits that have gone up in response to that c...
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Issues, SJ, Eastern State, Sean Kelley, 03.12.19, Shannon Eblen


Engaging the System: Museums Working in the Incarceration System

Today’s preview of a session that will take place at #AAM2018 is contributed by Tramia Jackson, Program Associate, Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. You can scan all the sessions featured in CFM’s Guide to the Future at AAM 2018 in this earlier post. Mass incarceration is the human rights issue of our time. Over 2 million men and woman are incarcerated in prisons, jails or detention centers, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color....
Tags: Future, US, Coalition, Ferguson, Criminal Justice, Board, Cfm, Brown, Memphis Tennessee, Albuquerque New Mexico, National Civil Rights Museum, Matthew Boger, Hakim Bellamy, The Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums, Eastern State, AAM annual meeting


Leading Forward: engaging with complex and controversial topics

I'm using the 10th anniversary of CFM, and the ninth year of this blog, as an occasion to revisit some of our most widely read posts. Today I'm re-posting an essay by Sean Kelley,  Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. Originally titled "Beyond Neutrality," it's racked up an astounding 18,000 page views since it was published in 2016. I'm sharing it again now because you have the opportunity to hear Sean talk in person about tackling diffi...
Tags: Future, US, House, Paul ryan, Philadelphia, Criminal Justice, Cfm, Sean, Mount Vernon, Al Capone, The Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums, Eastern State, Sean Kelley, Eastern State Penitentiary, Historic House, Darryl Moran


Leading Forward: engaging with complex and controversial topics

I'm using the 10th anniversary of CFM, and the ninth year of this blog, as an occasion to revisit some of our most widely read posts. Today I'm re-posting an essay by Sean Kelley,  Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. Originally titled "Beyond Neutrality," it's racked up an astounding 18,000 page views since it was published in 2016. I'm sharing it again now because you have the opportunity to hear Sean talk in person about tackling diffi...
Tags: Future, US, House, Paul ryan, Philadelphia, Criminal Justice, Cfm, Sean, Mount Vernon, Al Capone, The Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums, Eastern State, Sean Kelley, Eastern State Penitentiary, Historic House, Darryl Moran


Some Non-Revolutionary Reasons To Love Philadelphia

Before a recent visit to Philadelphia, it had been decades since I last played tourist in this, one of America’s oldest cities. It’s embarrassing really, where I live in Washington, DC isn’t far away at all, and yet Philadelphia had been sadly overlooked. That changed when I was invited to spend a few days at The Logan Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, with the sole objective of discovering Philadelphia in my own unique ways. Simply said, I had an incredible time relearning the cit...
Tags: Travel, US, America, Washington Dc, Hilton, Philadelphia, Destinations, Philly, Logan, Old City, Jefferson, Logan Circle, Schuylkill River, Elfreth, Eastern State


Kali Nicole Gross: Dissecting A Startling Crime

In this week's episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer speaks with Kali Nicole Gross, Wesleyan University professor of African-American Studies and author of the recent book Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Dismembered Torso. The two discuss tensions between African-Americans and the criminal justice system today and in the past. Listen to the interview below: The book, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Dismembered Torso, is about a lurid crime involving an African-American woman and her lover in Phil...
Tags: New York, News, California, Virginia, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, North, Cia, Palantir, Huffington Post, White, Usc


Learning To Love Philadelphia Again With A Little Help

I had a slightly abnormal childhood in many ways, and one of those was just how many different places I lived. Some of my fondest memories though come from spending most of elementary school in Northeastern Pennsylvania in what I now call “The Office” Territory – Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and so on. Every few months, more during baseball season, as a family we would visit Philadelphia to do some shopping, or watch a Phillies game or just appreciate the history of the city. Those were good trips an...
Tags: Travel, America, Hilton, Philadelphia, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Philly, Phillies, Logan, Old City, Wilkes Barre Scranton, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Eastern State, Curio


10 Haunted Places In America To Visit This Halloween

Photo: Getty Images. There are plenty of great ways to get excited for Halloween. You can decorate your home with creepy props, start working on your costume, or stuff your face with the best spooky-themed candy. All of those options are a lot of fun, but perhaps the scariest way to get into the Halloween spirit is to visit the spirits themselves.You could spend the entire month of October traveling around to see all the most haunted sites in America (and we'd be totally on board because th...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, New York City, Stephen King, America, ESP, Iowa, Middle East, San Diego, Salem, Npr, West Coast, Anna, Rikers Island, King


Beyond Neutrality

In Season 2 Episode 2 of the Museum People podcast, New England Museums Association director Dan Yaeger argues that all museums should be social activists, describing the oft-voiced museum ambition of being "places to convene discussions" as "weak tea." In today's guest post, Sean Kelley, senior vice president and director of interpretation describes how the  Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia moved from neutrality to taking a position on criminal justice reform ....
Tags: Future, US, House, Paul ryan, Philadelphia, Social Justice, Sean, Al Capone, The Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums, Eastern State, Dan Yaeger, Sean Kelley, Eastern State Penitentiary


Philly’s Other History Eastern State Penitentiary

Crumbling stairs “The building is designed to strike fear into your heart by giving you a completely solitary, isolated experience,” Steve Buscemi whispered in my ear. Then I heard a creaky, heavy, cell door being pulled shut with a metal on metal bang that made me jump. I had just entered solitary confinement in prison. I was listening to the audio tour of Eastern State Penitentiary narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. Steve freaked me out in the movies Reservoir Dogs and Fargo, so he was the perf...
Tags: Travel, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Abandoned, Steve Buscemi, Fargo, Cultural Experiences, Reservoir Dogs, Photo Documentaries, Philly, Liberty Bell, Eastern State, Eastern State Penitentiary


Fixing Western State: Officials see Eastern State as a model

The state runs two mental hospitals. Eastern State near Spokane has had far fewer problems than Western State in Lakewood, which has officials looking to replicate its strengths.
Tags: Health, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Spokane, Lakewood, Eastern State, Western State


Top 10 historic spots to visit in Philadelphia

Historic monuments, huge parks, art collections, a market, a creepy old prison ... the city has plenty of experiences to delight the eye and feed the soulAfter the Revolution, Benjamin Franklin began hosting meetings about ways to reform criminals, rather than just punish them. Eastern State, a hulking, castle-like structure that now looks quite out of place in its quiet neighbourhood, was the eventual result. Cells were designed to isolate prisoners from all human contact, under the assumption ...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Road Trips, Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Buscemi, Cultural Trips, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia holidays, Eastern State