Welcome to the birthplace of Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899). A successful attorney and spellbinding orator, Ingersoll was seen heard by more Americans than any human being before the advent of motion pictures and radio. Yet he is almost unknown today. Why? In hundreds of public lectures that filled America's grandest theaters, Ingersoll dared challenge traditional religion. Known as "the Great Agnostic," he questioned the Bible, eternal punishment, and the existence of God. Yet he was also the foremost political speechmaker of the Republican Party. During his public life, no GOP candidate Ingersoll did not support attained the White House!
Ingersoll also championed racial and sexual equality, humane treatment of prisoners, birth control, and other issues decades ahead of his time.
This Museum commemmorates Ingersoll and his era, seeking to preserve his memory and his remarkable achievements. The right to air provocative and controversial opinions is among our most precious American liberties. It may be that no American made more brilliant use of that freedom than Robert Green Ingersoll. Enjoy your "virtual visit!"
About the Birthplace Museum
and its Sponsor
This home (circa 1800) was rescued from the wrecker's ball in 1986. After years of restoration it opened as a museum in 1993 and has served the public ever since. All this was undertaken by the Council for Secular Humanism under its founder and Chair, philosopher Paul Kurtz. Based in Amherst, New York (outside Buffalo), the Council for Secular Humanism is America's foremost organization serving the needs of the nonreligious and campaigning for a more secular, fair, and inclusive America. It publishes FREE INQUIRY, a bimonthly magazine of advocacy and opinion.