The Freethought Trail
The Freethought Trail website is a project of the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of the Council for Secular Humanism to advocate and defend a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance. It is publisher of Free Inquiry magazine and operator of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum in Dresden, New York. The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, New York.
The Freethought Trail is operated solely by the Council. Sites and attractions are included on the Trail because Council management considers them relevant and important. Inclusion of a site or attraction on the Trail does not necessarily indicate that the management of that site or attraction supports the goals of the Trail or participates in its operation.
The Freethought Trail was conceived by Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism and Sally Roesch Wagner of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. Interpretive text and most site/attraction photos are by Tom Flynn.
Historical research was aided by Norm R. Allen Jr., Ted Bartlett, Barbara Bell, Tim Binga, Sue Boland, Donna Burdick, Bleu Cease, Ruth and James Chatfield, Mary Ellen Chesbro, Sara Chevako, Beth Crawford, Norm Dann, Chris Densmore, Joe DiGiorgio, Kathleen DiScenna, Sue Ferrara, Rosa Fox, Linda Frank, Walter Gable, Susan Goodier, Melinda Grube, Lisa Harper, Polly Held, Thomas Howard, Tim Hunt, William Keeler, Betsy Kennedy, Sarah Kozma, Land of Oz Preservation Company, Craig A. Leisy, Richard MacAlpine, Tim Madigan, John Marks, George Mass, George McDade, the Native Tree Society, Sasha Paris, the Smithfield Community Association, Alice Taychert, Mike Walsh, Judith Wellman, Dawn Wendt, David White, Justin White, Dot Willsey, Sandy Wilsey, and Carolyn Zogg.
Original website programming was by Matthew Licata. Web assistance was by Tim Binga and Alan Zoppa. The website was entirely redesigned by Garry Pecak of Pecak.Net Web Design and is now maintained by Matthew Licata. (Yes, it is a small world.)
Redesign of the Freethought Trail website and expanded promotion was made possible by a generous grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust.
During the tourist season, printed brochures about the Freethought Trail are available at New York Thruway rest areas in the Finger Lakes area.
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