For Immediate Release: June 9, 2014
Contact: Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director - 207-358-9785

Robert Ingersoll and Western New York’s Freethought Legacy Celebrated in Two-Day Conference and Tour 

Tour Sells Out within Two Weeks, Tickets Still Available for First Day’s Conference

The legacy of “The Great Agnostic,” Robert Green Ingersoll, and the rich reform history of western New York, will be celebrated with an immersive two-day conference and tour this August: Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative,” presented by the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry. Enthusiasm for this event has been so great that within two weeks of being announced, every full-conference ticket has been sold – but those who still want to attend have a way to experience part of the event.

Day one of the conference, for which tickets are still available, features a full day of rich and illuminating presentations at the Center for Inquiry’s headquarters in Amherst, New York on Ingersoll and other freethought reformers of the Gilded Age such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Fredrick Douglass, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. Presenters include such distinguished scholars and writers as Susan Jacoby, Sally Roesch Wagner, Tom Flynn, and others. 

On day two, currently sold to capacity, participants will board a luxury motor coach to tour the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum in Dresden, NY– with its all new T. M. Scruggs Museum Interior – followed by Seneca Falls, birthplace of the nineteenth-century women’s rights movement. While in transit, episodes of the Council for Secular Humanism’s new documentary miniseries American Freethought will be presented aboard the motor coach. It all ends with dinner at the Belhurst Castle and Winery on a high bluff overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake.

Information about the conference can be found at, where tickets are still available for the first day’s events in Amherst for $80.

What: “Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative”conference and tour

Where: Day One (Conference): Center for Inquiry Transnational, 3965 Rensch Rd., Amherst, NY

Day Two (Tour Highlights):

  • Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, 61 Main St, Dresden, NY
  • Women’s Rights National Historic Park (including the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton), Seneca Falls, NY
  • Belhurst Castle, 4069 New York 14, Geneva, NY

When: August 16 and 17, 2014

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI‘s web address is 

The Council for Secular Humanism—housed at the Center for Inquiry—is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization promoting rational inquiry, secular values, and positive human development through the advancement of secular humanism. The Council, publisher of the bimonthly journal Free Inquiry, has a website at