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Thomas Paine Foundation/Memorial Committee

Thomas Paine Foundation/Memorial Committee

The Thomas Paine Foundation/Memorial Committee began as a separate organization (formerly simply the Thomas Paine Foundation) created by Margaret Downey, which was then adopted by the Freethought Society as a standing committee.

Through the committee, the Freethought Society conducts educational and entertaining programs promoting the ideals of Thomas Paine and freethought philosophy. The committee has received local, national and international recognition for its efforts.



Thomas Paine Sites in Paris, France

If you are planning a visit to Paris, France and you have interest is visiting the places of significance to Thomas Paine’s work and life, please use the Thomas Paine-Themed Tour for Visitors to Paris, France document

The document indicates addresses for each location that was visited during September 2017 Paris, France Thomas Paine-themed tour conducted by Margaret Downey, Julien Musolino, and Gary Berton.

Downey portrayed Marguerite Brazier Bonneville. She was a French citizen and was very helpful to Thomas when he lived in Paris.

Musolino portrayed Thomas Paine during the tour. In the following script, Julien quoted the words Thomas Paine uttered in Paris and conveyed some of the most famous statements made in Paine’s writings.

Thomas Paine expert, Gary Berton was also a host of the tour.

The document includes all the information about Thomas Paine that was conveyed by Downey, Musolino, and Berton. We hope you enjoy your time in Paris and will support the efforts of the Freethought Society.



See photos from the committee’s events and gatherings here!

You can help The Thomas Paine Memorial Committee continue to honor the life and legacy of Thomas Paine by supporting the newest efforts listed below:
  1. A Thomas Paine Sculpture (Being designed by the world-famous sculptor, Zenos Frutakis)
  2. A Thomas Paine Coloring Book for Children (written by Margaret Downey with original illustrations)
  3. A musical compilation of Thomas Paine themed songs written and performed by James Klueh.
Please make a donation to help us fund these wonderful Thomas Paine projects.

All donors are issued a receipt as proof of their tax-exempt donation to an educational, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. 

There are three ways to donate:

1. Check or Money Order:

Send a check or money order
payable to the “Freethought Society” to:
The Freethought Society
P.O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366

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All recurring contributors will receive a thank you card at the end of their 12-month subscription which will report the total amount given that year. Additional receipts available at any time upon request.

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Thomas Paine, A Brief History

Thomas Paine arrived in America in 1774 at the request of Benjamin Franklin. On January 10, 1776, Paine published Common Sense, a remarkable and powerful republican pamphlet, which proved an immediate success.

Paine served in the Revolutionary War under General Greene, and later in official congressionally-appointed positions and the Pennsylvania legislature. In his later publication, Age of Reason, Paine expressed that “all religions are in their nature mild and benign” when not associated with political systems; Paine was the quintessential Deist of the 18th century.

Between March 1791 and February 1792 Paine published numerous editions of Rights of Man, in which he defended the French Revolution. The words of Thomas Paine inspired many to strive for political, economic and social advancement. He was among the first to call for an end to slavery and the establishment of human rights around the world.

In Honor of Thomas Paine

In appreciation, the Thomas Paine Foundation/Memorial Committee celebrates the birthday of Thomas Paine on January 29th, as well as a Thomas Paine Day proclamation on June 8 and other Paine-themed events during the year. The committee is a participant in the beautification project for the Thomas Paine National Historical Museum, located at what was once Paine’s farm in New Rochelle, NY.

Read all about the committee’s 20th anniversary Thomas Paine Day 2014!

Thomas Paine Educational Assemblies

Five Thomas Paine assemblies have been presented at elementary schools throughout the Delaware Valley region. Assemblies have also taken place in New Jersey and California.

Urbana-Paine-Assembly  – Thomas Paine School in Urbana, Illinois

Thomas Paine Assemblies – Charlestown Elementary School and Uwchlan Hills Elementary, PA

If you are a teacher or school administrator, you may apply for a Thomas Paine Assembly Grant. Send your completed application to Margaret Downey at the email address below.

Tax-Deductible Contributions

Donations towards the production costs and supplies needed for these assemblies can be made online at https://www.ftsociety.org/donate; just note your earmark for either Paine Assemblies or the Thomas Paine Committee in general in the message field at the PayPal payment page. All donors will receive a receipt. FS is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational, charitable organization*.


You may hire the Thomas Paine Foundation/Memorial Committee to conduct an assembly at your school. Simply contact Margaret Downey, Committee Director at:

610-793-2737 office

610-793-2561 fax

E-mail: margaret@ftsociety.org