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Asserting the 2022 Thomas Paine Pageant New Rochelle, New York, June 16-18

Honoring the legacy of considered one of America’s most iconic Founding Fathers, the Thomas Paine Nationwide Historic Affiliation, the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historic Affiliation, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Affiliation are happy to announce the 2022 Thomas Paine Pageant, occurring June 16-18, 2022.

Along with the numerous thrilling occasions scheduled honoring Thomas Paine, the Pageant may also characteristic the grand opening of the newly named Thomas Paine New Rochelle Middle that includes the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum (est. 1784), the Thomas Paine Monument (est. 1839), and the Thomas Paine Memorial Constructing (est. 1925).

The Pageant begins the night of Thursday, June 16th when organizers will host a Colonial Tavern Evening providing meals, drinks, and music of the period on the grounds of the Cottage Museum (20 Sicard Avenue) beginning at 5:30 PM (all occasions listed are Japanese Daylight Time). The Museum and Constructing might be open with many new displays.

Friday, June 17th occasions will begin at 10:00 AM with a Symposium on the Thomas Paine Memorial Constructing (983 North Avenue) that includes a presentation about Paine’s life, works, and legacy. The Symposium will convey collectively students to organize the best way for elevated nationwide recognition of Paine’s function within the American and French Revolutions and the unfold of democratic concepts globally. Members of the Editorial Board of the Thomas Paine Collected Works Mission will conduct a panel dialogue in regards to the undertaking, closing out the Symposium round 2:30.

Gary Berton, President of the Thomas Paine Nationwide Historic Affiliation, stated, “The Symposium will current facets of Paine’s influence on the event of recent democracy and freethought. Newly found works revealing extra about Paine’s relationships with main writers and political actors of his day might be mentioned.”

Persevering with that afternoon at 3:00 PM, the Iona Faculty Library (715 North Avenue) will host a viewing of Thomas Paine-themed artifacts together with his hair, demise masks, writing package, and varied private gadgets.

A reception and dinner theater will spherical out Friday’s festivities, beginning at 6:30 PM on the Greentree Nation Membership (538 Davenport Avenue). Actor Ian Ruskin might be presenting his one-man play, To Start the World Over Once more: The Lifetime of Thomas Paine. Ruskin stated, “I stay up for portraying Thomas Paine in New Rochelle, New York. It’s thrilling to current my play within the very place the place Thomas Paine as soon as lived.”

This system on Saturday, June 18th will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Middle and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00 AM (close to the Thomas Paine Monument, gravesite, and Memorial Constructing, 983 North Avenue). Audio system and particular friends will embrace Westchester County Govt George Latimer, Mayor Noam Bramson, Metropolis Councilwoman Sara Kaye, State Senator Shelley Mayer, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, New Rochelle Metropolis Historian Barbara Davis, New Rochelle writer Linda Tarrant-Reid, and the President of Revolutionary Westchester 250, Constance Kehoe.  

Among the many Saturday afternoon actions might be a Colonial Truthful 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Thomas Paine Cottage, 20 Sicard Avenue) with historic reenactments, music of the colonial interval, family-centered leisure, garden video games, a Juneteenth recognition of Paine’s opposition to slavery, and academic alternatives.

At 3:00 PM, Sarah Jane Marsh might be current nearly to learn from her youngsters’s ebook, Thomas Paine and the Harmful Phrase, and reply questions (Thomas Paine Memorial Constructing, 983 North Avenue).

Gary Bush, President of the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historic Affiliation, stated, “The Thomas Paine Pageant is a chance to stimulate the pursuits of younger folks and group members within the significance of Thomas Paine’s life inside native New Rochelle historical past and to additionally promote historic preservation of his homestead.” Bush added, “Hope for our future depends on our capability to care about our previous.”

Margaret Downey, President of the Thomas Paine Memorial Affiliation (TPMA), will painting Madame Marguerite Brazier Bonneville all through the Pageant. Bonneville is the girl to whom Paine left the majority of his New Rochelle property. She was a feminist, survivor of the French Revolution, political refugee, and younger mom, whose 12-year-long friendship with Paine led to the bequest.

TPMA might be offering academic supplies about the USA Congressional invoice to authorize a statue of Paine within the nation’s capital. HB 6720 was launched by Congressman Jamie Raskin in February 2022. Congressman Raskin lately said, “Regardless of his catalytic function in founding America and our constitutional republic, Thomas Paine stays too usually on the darkish outskirts of historical past. It’s well past time for Congress to offer Thomas Paine the central place of respect and awe he deserves in our Nation’s Capital.” A message from Raskin might be proven on the Thomas Paine Memorial Constructing (983 North Avenue) at 12:30 PM.

On Saturday, June 18th the commissioned sculptor for the Washington, D.C. statue, Zenos Frudakis, will converse at 2:00 PM contained in the Thomas Paine Memorial Constructing (983 North Avenue). Samples of his work may also be on show on the “Frudakis Studios Meet and Greet” desk.

To study extra about which Pageant occasions are free and open to the general public, which occasions require reservations and tickets, and to see a map of the places talked about above, please go to:

Pageant Organizers’ Contact Info

Thomas Paine Nationwide Historic Affiliation
Gary Berton, President
Electronic mail: [email protected]
Cellphone: 732-581-8442

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historic Affiliation 
Gary Bush, President
Suzanne Tanswell, Chairperson of Museum Affairs, Thomas Paine Cottage Museum
Electronic mail: [email protected]
Cellphone:  914-775-8002

Thomas Paine Memorial Affiliation
Margaret Downey, President
Electronic mail: [email protected]  
Cellphone: 610-357-9432

Thomas Paine New Rochelle Middle
Barbara Crane, Neighborhood Advisory Board Chair
Electronic mail: [email protected]
Cellphone:  919-749-6552


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are these of the authors and don’t essentially replicate the official coverage or place of Faith Information Service or Faith Information Basis.

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