Thomas Paine: The Forgotten Founding Father.
“The story of Thomas Paine – then and now, for the man and his ideas are very much alive today – stirs the heart, moves the mind, and routs the demon of despair.”
We are honoring the power of Paine’s radical pen with a series of events that culminate on the 200th anniversary of his death. Events include four public lectures by Paine scholars between February and May, presentations in area high schools, a essay contest for high school students, and a final panel discussion on Paine’s life and influence on Monday June 8, 2009.
We hope that you can join us for our presentations and, if you are a high school student, that you choose to participate in our essay contest.
Other sections of this site offer information on our presentations and our presenters, biographical information on Paine, a selection of his wonderful sayings, information on the essay contest, and links to other sites you might find interesting.
Thomas Paine: The Forgotten Founding Father is presented by Moonstone Inc., a 501C(3) non-profit organization in co-operation with Drexel University, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Philadelphia, and The Office of Accelerated Learning of the Philadelphia School District. It is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Additional support for Moonstone comes from The Barra Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Samuel S. Fels Fund, and the William Penn Foundation.