Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thomas Paine National Historical Association
The Journal News reacts to the announcement of the archives and the Institute.

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Paine on Monarchy Minimize

A good time to reflect on Paine's thoughts on monarchy. Here is an excerpt from Common Sense...

To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession; and as the first is a degradation and lessening of ourselves, so the second, claimed as a matter of right, is an insult and an imposition on posterity. For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honors of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

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NY State Approves Archive Transfer Minimize

Pathway cleared for
The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies.

After 7 long years and hundreds if not thousands of volunteer hours, the NY State Attorney General and the Court agreed with the Thomas Paine National Historical Association's plan to deaccession its precious archives for permanent storage at the Ryan Library of Iona College.

Not only does this ensure the safe and professional care of the materials, but it opens the door for collaboration between Iona and TPNHA in developing and delivering educational materials about Thomas Paine.

For full information, read the Press Release here.

For more information on The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, visit the website.

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New Rochelle
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In the News Minimize

State of Arkansas - Once Again Leading the World in Intellectual Acumen
Friday, March 08, 2013 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have once again blocked an effort to create a special day to commemorate Thomas Paine in the state.

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Time Magazine on Paine's Bones
Friday, December 24, 2010 

... (the) overzealous journalist and Paine fan William Cobbett, exhumed Paine's body and shipped it to England ... read more ...

We correct the record : see our FAQs for "died a penniless drunk".

Paine Groups Continue to Spar
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 

Greg Maker from the
New Rochelle Report
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Huguenots insult the Spirit of Paine
Friday, November 19, 2010 

(Huguenot Press Release.)
(TPNHA response.)

Great satire by Cranky Cuss on OpenSalon:
Thursday, November 18, 2010 

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The Guardian in England writes:
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 

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Brendan O'Neill from Spiked
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 

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Morris is the anti-Thomas Paine
Sunday, November 14, 2010 

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Lower Hudson reports "Feud"
Monday, November 08, 2010 

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Talk of New Rochelle
Saturday, November 06, 2010 

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Welcome to The Thomas Paine National Historical Association.

Since our founding, on January 29, 1884, we have been known as an authoritative voice on all issues related to Thomas Paine. We are happy to announce that Foner's Complete Works is once again on-line and searchable. Please, take advantage of the many services we hope to provide including the Forums, Blogs, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Many of these require you to become a member - but it's free! So sign up today and start benefitting from the best Thomas Paine site on the Internet..

Ian Ruskin

  Ian Ruskin (see bio) the classically trained actor from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London will perform his work, "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine."  Buy tickets here for June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 in Venice, CA. View details here.


A Sample of the Information Posted
As Part of the Paine / New Rochelle Exhibit.


 Brief History of Thomas Paine Farm in New Rochelle  Summary of New Rochelle Board of Electors Refusing to Allow Paine to Vote - Claiming He was not a citizen of the United States.


Paine Building to be Open June 8 and 9.
Featuring New Exhibit about
Paine's Life in New Rochelle.



Join us Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Sunday, June 9 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In celebration of the 325th anniversary of New Rochelle, the Thomas Paine Memorial Building will be open to the public with a new presentation highlighting the relationship between the City of New Rochelle and one of its most important citizens, Thomas Paine.

There will be a lecture on this topic Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.



Tuesday, April 23rd, Gary Berton presented

"How Thomas Paine Changed the World"

Hosted by The Freethought Society

Philadelphia, PA.


See full presentation here.




Join Us!

For the world premiere of

part 1 of

Rod Bradford's (see bio)

Freethought in America


Join us for wine, cheese, a film premiere, and thoughtful discussion among notable scholars. Friday, January 25th. The Reception begins at 6:00. Film begins at 7:00 followed by discussion. RSVP is required .

A donation of $25 is requested for limited seating.

The screening will be held at:

The Thomas Paine Memorial Building
983 North Avenue
New Rochelle NY 10804

For more information email:







What a great conference !!!

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 We are pleased to announce the first

International Thomas Paine Conference.

This conference being held Friday, October 19 and Saturday October 20 will be hosted as a joint effort between Iona College and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. The conference features a wide range of scholarship and diverse opinions from around the world. For detailed information, visit the conference pages.

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Letter to Citizens of the US #1
A faction, acting in disguise, was rising in America; they had lost sight of first principles. They were beginning to contemplate government as a profitable monopoly, and the people as hereditary property. It is, therefore, no wonder that the "Rights of Man" was attacked by that faction, and its author continually abused. But let them go on; give them rope enough and they will put an end to their own insignificance. There is too much common sense and independence in America to be long the dupe of any faction, foreign or domestic.
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