Spring Outing, Sunday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.
Eastern State Penitentiary

Join us for a private tour of Eastern State Penitentiary. Eastern State was once the most famous prison in the world, but stands today almost in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Built in 1829, the prison was known for its grand architecture and strict discipline. Prisoners were kept in solitude; this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. The system of solitary confinement eventually eroded away until its end in 1913. The prison continued until it closed in 1971. Many of America’s most notorious criminals were incarcerated here, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and gangster Al Capone. The bus will depart from the Jenkintown Library parking lot at 1:30 pm and return before 5:00 pm. Cost is $25 for members and $29 for non-members.
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Lecture and Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine

On September 11, 1777, British General Sir William Howe moved to capture Washington’s troops arrayed along Brandywine Creek. The defeat of Washington allowed Howe to take Philadelphia unopposed. Author Michael C. Harris will argue that while traditional history blames the American loss on General John Sullivan, an analysis of the primary documents paints a far different picture. Harris is the author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America. Lecture will be held in Homestead Hall, the parish house building of the Church of Our Savior in Jenkintown on Homestead Road, one block south of the Jenkintown Library. This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum.

The Annual Meeting of the Society will precede the May lecture. Officer and Committee reports will be presented and the Nominating Committee will present a slate of Officers and Executive Council members to be elected for the 2015-2016 program year.

Reception, Sunday, May 17, 2:00 p.m.
Annual Patrons’ Party (Invitation only)

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