“You should be justifiably proud of the fantastic way that this museum keeps alive the legacy of this great and important man, who was so very much ahead of his time.” — Alan Ross, Pennsylvania (museum visitor)
The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum showcases Ingersoll's originality, his wit, his power as a persuader, and his role in history - in the Finger Lakes home where he was born. Historical artifacts, displays, and a specially-produced high-definition video presentation bring Ingersoll and his times to life.
The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum showcases Ingersoll's originality, his wit, his power as a persuader, and his role in history - in the Finger Lakes home where he was born.
Historical artifacts, displays, and a specially-produced high-definition video presentation bring Ingersoll and his times to life.
On display are Ingersoll's walking stick; his Masonic sword; a complete manuscript of his most famous speech, "Ghosts"; and a great variety of period artifacts. Explanatory signage tells the whole story of Ingersoll's life, lavishly illustrated with photos, drawings, and period mementos.
A listening station invites visitors to hear three actual audio recordings of Ingersoll as recorded by Thomas Edison, as well as two renditions of a long-lost "Ingersolia" March.
The interior was completely refurbished with professionally-designed displays in 2014.
The Museum's second floor includes the room in which Ingersoll was born and a newly-opened display room. In addition the upstairs hallway features a variety of interpretive materials.
The upstairs room where Ingersoll was born has been restored with authentic period furniture.
A new upstairs display room has been opened to the public for the first time, with displays focusing on Ingersoll's Civil War service, his years in Peoria, and his law career. A "Local History Room" displays artifacts from Dresden's past. The Village of Dresden historian maintains an office in a private area of the house.
Interior Photography by Andrew Skolnick
Meet the Most Remarkable American
Most People Never Heard Of
(Ingersoll Museum orientation video, revised 2015)
Who is Robert Green Ingersoll, and what's to be seen at his birthplace museum? The answers are in the new 14½ minute introductory video... the very program viewed by visitors to the museum.
Production of this video was funded by a grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust.
In a Hurry?This excerpt from the new video miniseries American Freethought gives an introduction to Ingersoll in just under 7 minutes! Watch now »
Hungry for More? This new 28-minute video compiled from the American Freethought miniseries explores Ingersoll's life and legacy in depth. Watch now »
Can't come to Dresden? Take a virtual tour of the museum at rgimuseum.org.
“... Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, a humanist movement—and its underlying ideals—helped to shape many of the major social-reform initiatives that would transform America’s political and cultural landscape during the twentieth century.”