A half-day’s drive from north-central New Jersey lays the nation’s richest trove of freethought and radical reform history. New York State between Rochester and Syracuse served nineteenth-century America much as southern California served in the twentieth. It was a bubbling cauldron of radical social innovation: freethought, women’s rights, abolition, anarchism, radical politics, and more.
In this engaging talk, Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry and director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Freethought Museum, introduces the Freethought Trail, a family of historic sites that explores this forgotten history. From the birthplace of agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll to the homes of feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage-from full-fledged museums to unmarked sites whose stories are known only to outsiders-the Freethought Trail offers an unmatched cultural heritage resource for humanists and freethinkers. Flynn will profile key sites on the Trail and introduce the website that makes it easy to plan your visit.
When: 1 pm Sunday, May 15
Where: Franklin Township Community/Senior Center
505 DeMott Lane, Somerset NJ
Admission is free
Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Humanist Network (www.njhn.org)