Center for Inquiry


Join us in Philadelphia for this special Ingersoll birthday event!

Freethought's Forgotten History:
a whirlwind review of North America's only freethought historic trail

with Tom Flynn

Editor, Free Inquiry Magazine
Director, Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum
Executive Director, Council for Secular Humanism 

Sunday • August 11, 2013 • 11:00 AM

Ethical Society Building
1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 

Philadelphia freethinkers may be surprised to know that one of America's richest troves of historic sites about freethought, abolitionism, and women's rights is not on the East Coast, but rather is centered on New York State's historic Erie Canal, an easy 1-day drive away.

During the 19th and early 20th century, west-central New York State was a boiling cauldron of activism, controversy, and criticism of religious orthodoxy.

The Freethought Trail, centered around the birthplace of "The Great Agnostic," Robert Green Ingersoll, encompasses nearly 60 sites related to this turbulent time and featuring figures like Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Margaret Sanger, L. Frank Baum, and many, many more.

Join us on Ingersoll's birthday, August 11, for this fascinating tour of Freethought's Forgotten History!

Tom FlynnTom Flynn is Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. He co-founded the Freethought Trail with Sally Roesch Wagner, director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Museum. Flynn is editor of the reference work The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007) and author of several books, including The Trouble With Christmas, which is always on every Tree of Knowledge display around the country.

Birthday cake, punch, and coffee will be served after the presentation.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.
($5 donations are requested to help offset expenses)

This event is co-presented by The Council for Secular Humanism, The Freethought Society, and The Ethical Humanist Society fo Philadelphia.

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