to TPF, Inc. Secretary,
or by telephone:
2009 CELEBRATION EVENTS
2009 proved to be an exciting, activity-filled year of
celebration of Thomas Paine's life, accomplishments and legacy. Listed
below are just some of the events in which Thomas Paine Friends
members played a part.
UNITED STATES -- CALIFORNIA
- The Thomas Paine Society of Pasadena presented scenes from The
Real Tom Paine, written by award-winning Philadelphia
playwright, Larry Loebell, in a 2009
VIDEO. A staged
reading of the Thomas Paine Society's new play was performed at
the Tom Paine 200 Festival at Thetford, England - June 4-6, 2009.
UNITED STATES -- FLORIDA
- May 2 -- Joyce Chumbley addressed members of the Humanist
Society of the Suncoast on "Thomas Paine: Still Relevant and
is located in the Tampa Bay, Florida area
UNITED STATES -- ILLINOIS
"On the Eve of His Execution: A Play About Thomas
Paine ran for four weeks, from April 21 through May 13 and played
Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 pm at WNEP Theater, 3209 N. Halsted
in Chicago. Written and performed by Chicago playwright Henry Andrew
UNITED STATES -- NEW JERSEY
- April 24 thru 26 -- Morris County held a three-day celebration
of the region's significant role in the nation's colonial period.
Executive Director of the Morris County Tourism Bureau, Leslie
Bensley, interviewed by the Parsippany Daily Record,
described the origins of this celebration as follows:
the keys for a successful destination is having annual events.
When something happens on an annual basis, you tend to get
repeat visitors. In Trenton, they have Patriots Week, which is
George Washington crossing the Delaware.
It's not new, but we've never had anything like that. Now that
Congress has created the Crossroads of the Revolution Heritage
Area, of which we are one of the anchors, we decided we needed
to do our own effort. So, we have created this new weekend. It
kicks off with a naturalization ceremony at Washington's
Headquarters. Here now, we (will) have some of the newest
Americans being sworn in -- in what we call the Crossroads of
the Revolution. Then, we have a tea, and then there's
storytelling, and an encampment, and something that I'm in
charge with is this Thomas Paine dinner at the Morristown Club.
We've got this wonderful little template. We hope to have about
UNITED STATES -- NEW YORK (New York City)
- Saturday, June 6, 2 pm. TPF, Inc., co-sponsored with Greenwich
Village Society for Historic Preservation a lecture about Paine by
historian, J. Ward Regan, at the Jefferson Market Branch of the
Public Library, 425 Sixth Avenue at West 10th Street. After the
lecture, there was a short walking tour to nearby 293 Bleecker
Street (Herring Street in 1809), one of Paine's New York City
residences, and then proceeded to the site where he died, now
Marie's Crisis Cafe, at 59 Grove Street, where there are two
intriguing art works relating to Paine. Research librarian, Mariam
Touba, of New-York Historical Society, helped to construct a small
tour map with historical notations, which was printed as a
Joyce Chumbley next to the newly-planted Liberty
- Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m., James Kaplan gave a walking tour
sponsored by the Fraunces Tavern Museum in commemoration of the
200th anniversary of Thomas Paines death. Call The tour left
from Broadway and Murray Streeet in front of City Hall park.
Timothy Nelms at the John Lennon Imagine Memorial
- Monday, June 8, 11:30-1:30. Thomas Paine Friends, Inc.,
sponsored a commemoration in Thomas Paine Park, at Foley Square in
lower Manhattan, on Monday, June 8, 2009, being the 200th
anniversary of the death of Paine.
Frances Chiu at the Thomas Paine Park Historical
- Monday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m., James Kaplan gave a special
encore presentation of his walking tour for attendees at the
Thomas Paine Park Rededication. Paine enthusiasts stayed for
dinner at the Fraunces Tavern Museum afterward for continued
reflection and conversation about this memorable day.
Martha Spiegelman at the Thomas Paine Historical
UNITED STATES -- NEW YORK (New Rochelle)
- Sunday, June 7, 1 pm. In New Rochelle, was held a commemoration
at the Paine Monument, on North Avenue near Paine Avenue. With
TPF, the City of New Rochelle and the local historical
organization, Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Society,
sponsored, and H&NRHS hosted the memorial observance.
Following the memorial, the H&NRHS held a fund-raising gala
lawn party on the grounds of Paine Cottage only a few steps from
UNITED STATES -- PENNSYLVANIA (Philadelphia)
A series of educational events was presented as
Thomas Paine: The Forgotten Founding Father
co-sponsored by Moonstone, the Office of Accelerated Education of the
Philadelphia School District, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
The Thomas Paine National Historical Association, the Thomas Paine
Society (UK), and the Henry George School. This project was made
possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and
additional support from the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Barra Foundation,
and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
- February -- A biographical overview of Paine
- March -- An exploration of Paines Common Sense
and The Crisis during revolution-era America
- April -- A discussion of Paine in Europe and The Rights of
Man, Age of Reason, and Agrarian Justice
- May -- A study of Paine and the promise of America
- June 8 -- Paine scholars came together to present a free public
panel discussion on Paine on the 200th anniversary of his death,
June 8, 2009. The panel discussion on June 8th also included a
special feature the two winning authors of our high school
writing contest. In addition to attending the monthly lectures on
Paine, students participated in the Thomas
Paine Writing Contest by either composing an essay on
Thomas Paines influence and relevance to todays
America, or by writing an appeal in the spirit of Paine on any
social or political issue about which they are passionate.
Students participating in the writing contest had the opportunity
to share their work at local Philadelphia libraries as part of the
Philadelphia-based actor Steve Gulick portrays Thomas
Paine. Here is a
short video of him reading from The Crisis.
Another portrayal of
Paine by Adam Altman opened in January 2009 at the Iron Age
Theatre in Norristown, Pennsylvania and later in the year at
Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia. A brief excerpt from the show
can be viewed on
UNITED KINGDOM -- LONDON
- October 2008 thru March 1 -- A program described as "Taking
Liberties: The Struggle for Britain's Freedoms and Rights,"
at the British Library, London. Henry Porter at the Guardian
said: "One suspects that the curators are making a point-that
so much of what was fought for by people like John Wilkes, Tom
Paine, John Stuart Mill and the Chartist Ernest Jones is
threatened by this government's attack on constitutional rights."
Exhibition remains available.
- February 28 -- The Convention on Modern
Liberty, offered in London and across the country. For more
information go to the website for
Modern Liberty. Thomas
Bingham lamented that today "People
brought up to cherish liberty."
- March 28 -- The 200th Anniversary Meeting of the
Society, with Speakers Gregory Claeys and John Keane, at
Conway Hall, sponsored as well by the
South Place Ethical
Society, the Freethought History Research Group, and the
Socialist History Society
to the addresses delivered by Gregory Claeys and John Keane!
- August 29 through October 9 -- "A
New World: A Life of Thomas Paine," the World Premiere
of a play by Trevor Griffiths at
UNITED KINGDOM -- LEWES
- July 4 thru 14 -- Thomas Paine & Lewes: "Revolution
& Reason" in Lewes.
UNITED KINGDOM -- SALFORD/MANCHESTER
- Thomas Paine Collection from the Working Class Movement Library
Salford/Manchester. A Special exhibition that began in the fall.
For more information see: Working
Class Movement Library.
UNITED KINGDOM -- THETFORD
- June 5 thru 8 -- Tom Paine 200 Celebrations - "The
Man, The Place, and The Age" during the Thetford -
Bicentenary Weekend, with a lecture series that continued in the
- June 6 -- A readathon of famous author and
revolutionary Thomas Paine's works is planned at Thetford. The
24-hour marathon was held at St Peter's Church as part of the
town's Tom Paine 200 celebration. The celebration commemorated the
bi-centenary of his death. Volunteers are being sought to take
part in the readathon and are invited to book their slot with the
event co-ordinators. No knowledge of Paine's works was required