Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

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Thomas Paine Bicentennial — Photos used with the kind permission of Timothy Nelms

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Schedule of Events for June 6 thru 8, 2009
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Text used on new sign in Thomas Paine Park
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The photographs that follow were taken on June 8, 2009.
Dr. Joyce Chumbley in Central Park.Dr. Joyce Chumbley, researcher, writer, activist, and co-editor (with Leo Zonneveld) of Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good, at the John Lennon Imagine Memorial near Strawberry Fields in Central Park, New York, NY, paying tribute to our peace heroes. She visited this sacred site, timing her visit to coincide with the exact moment of death of Thomas Paine 200 years ago.
The John Lennon Imagine Memorial.The John Lennon Imagine Memorial in Central Park.
Timothy Nelms at the Imagine Memorial.Timothy Nelms, Vice President of Thomas Paine Friends, Inc., at the John Lennon Imagine Memorial.
Joyce Chumbley at Foley Square.Dr. Joyce Chumbley at the newly-planted Liberty Tree dedicated to Thomas Paine, at Foley Square. The Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York was instrumental in obtaining the cooperation of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in planting the tree specially for this occasion. The Liberty Tree is symbolic of the people's right to gather in protest of tyranny.
Joyce Chumbley and the Liberty Tree.Dr. Joyce Chumbley celebrating the triumph of having accomplished the installation of the Liberty Tree, one of the newest features of Thomas Paine Park. Liberty Tree was the title of a poem written by Thomas Paine in 1775.
Attendees at the Celebration.The crowd at the Thomas Paine Park Historical Celebration.
Brian O'Dwyer, Esq.Brian O'Dwyer, senior partner in the law firm of O'Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, and son of the late Paul O'Dwyer, who originally named Thomas Paine Park, addressing the audience.
Dr. Frances Chiu.Frances Chiu, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and is presently a member of the faculty of The New School, speaking at the Thomas Paine Park Historical Celebration.
The media.Cameras and camcorders at the Thomas Paine Historical Celebration.
Beth K. Lamont, Humanist Advocate and author.Beth K. Lamont, Chapter Organizer of the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York, dedicating the Thomas Paine Liberty Tree in Foley Square.
Joyce Chumbley reading 'Liberty Tree'.Dr. Joyce Chumbley, reading Thomas Paine's poem, "Liberty Tree."
Beth Lamont and Joyce Chumbley.Beth Lamont (left), and Joyce Chumbley (right).
Martha Spiegelman addressing the audience.Martha Spiegelman, Secretary of Thomas Paine Friends, Inc. and Mistress of Ceremonies for the Thomas Paine Historical Celebration.
The old sign at Thomas Paine Park.Old sign at Thomas Paine Park.
Timothy Nelms at the Liberty Tree.Timothy Nelms at the Liberty Tree.
The new sign at Thomas Paine Park.New Historical Sign (partial) for Thomas Paine Park.

Note: The PDF file called "Thomas Paine Sign NYC" linked to at the top of this page contains the text that was used in creating the new sign.
Fraunces Tavern Museum Plaque.Plaque at the Fraunces Tavern Museum at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY.
James S. Kaplan, Esq.James S. Kaplan, a member of the law firm of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., and historian, giving a presentation on "Thomas Paine and New York" at the Fraunces Tavern Museum.
Johnson, Chumbley, Lamont, and Nelms.Glen Johnson, Joyce Chumbley, Beth Lamont, and Timothy Nelms, in the dining room of the Fraunces Tavern Museum.
13 of the above photos can also be found in our Facebook Thomas Paine Bicentennial Photo Album.

Warren Allen Smith has also posted some photos of the
Thomas Paine Park Dedication on his philosopedia.org Web site.

For additional information about
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), including complete copies of Common Sense (1776), The American Crisis (1776-83), The Rights of Man (1791-92), and Age of Reason (1794, 1796), please visit the Thomas Paine Page on the ushistory.org Web site, sponsored by the Independence Hall Association, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also be sure to visit the Web site of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association.

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