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The Preview Center, slated to open 2020, will offer a look at the themes, stories and programming for the Sing Sing Prison Museum.
200 backers pledged $38,785 to help bring this project to life.

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 A New Way to Look at Crime & Punishment

Thirty miles up the Hudson River from New York City, in the village of Ossining, sits the world-famous Sing Sing Correctional Facility. The Sing Sing Prison Museum Preview Center will offer an early look at the historical themes, personal stories, and educational programs of the completed Museum, slated to open in 2025, along with an institute for criminal justice. It is the key to unlocking the Museum's potential and making it a reality.

The Preview Center will be located in a section of the prison's former powerhouse, where the finished Museum will be housed. At that time, a secure corridor will connect it to the historic 1825 cellblock. This first $30,000 will help us to create our first exhibition.

SING SING IS ICONIC, WITH A HISTORY OF SINGULAR NATIONAL IMPORTANCE.

Despite the clichés that accompany any icon, Sing Sing is not all gangsters and Old Sparky and James Cagney movies. In fact, today it is considered the most progressive facility in the New York State prison system, promoting educational and arts programs and principles of tolerance and equity. According to The New York Times, “No other prison in the state is like Sing Sing.”

THE STORY OF HOW WE TREAT EACH OTHER IS STILL BEING WRITTEN.

Help us get a jump start on making a difference.

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Be Part of the Solution

What sets Sing Sing apart from other prison museums such as Alcatraz Island in San Francisco is that ours will sit adjacent to a working maximum-security penitentiary.

The Sing Sing Prison Museum will play a role in helping men released from Sing Sing re-enter society. By donating to the Preview Center, you'll not only help us share the fascinating history of this world-famous institution, you'll join the urgent national conversation about criminal justice--and be part of the solution.

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Risks and challenges

• The SSPM is in close proximity to a working prison. We are working very closely with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) who have expressed their support for the project.

• Our immediate need is to raise public and private funds to construct both the preview center and museum in a responsible and timely manner.

• Our challenge is to build awareness and present the complex issues of social and criminal justice that impact many stakeholders, including victims, correction officers, inmates, families and our communities.

• The Sing Sing Prison Museum Board of Trustees take our responsibility very seriously to educate the public about the relevant history, the complexities inherent in the incarceration process and how we can work together to build a safer and more equitable future.

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    Sing Sing Prison Museum Decal

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    "Prisons and Common Sense"

    Digital download of a book by famed prison reformer and Sing Sing warden Thomas Mott Osborne.

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    SSPM Tote Bag

    Eco-Bags Tote Bag with Sing Sing Prison Museum Logo

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    "Prison Nation"

    A copy of Aperture’s photography book chronicling incarceration in America.

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    Dinner with Dr. Brent D. Glass

    Dinner with Dr. Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Dr. Glass will come to your home for a dinner party and discuss American history and his work with major museums including plans for the new Sing Sing Prison Museum.

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    "B.B. King and Joan Baez at Sing Sing"

    DVD of the acclaimed 1972 documentary featuring amazing performances by two great musicians at Sing Sing Prison, with comedian Jimmy Walker as M.C.

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    Sing Sing Swing!

    Two tickets to the second-annual "Up the River Cruise" on November 10, 2018, roundtrip from Yonkers to Ossining, as well as a “Contributor Acknowledgment”

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