‘Radically’ Redesigned: Re-Experience the Freethought Trail

Paul Fidalgo, Tom Flynn

New for 2018, the website of the Freethought Trail has undergone a major overhaul and redesign. The Council for Secular Humanism’s celebration of radical-reform activism in west-central New York State now includes a record 115 sites. A wholly redesigned website made its debut in February 2018 and can be visited at www.freethought-trail.org.

The revamped site is fresh with gorgeous visuals, simple navigation, and, most importantly, a trove of information on the individuals, groups, places, and social movements that made the region stretching from Rochester to Utica, New York, such a flashpoint of progressivism, radicalism, and reform.

Deeply researched and painstakingly organized, the new Freethought Trail website is a way to delve deeply into another era, to be enlightened by historical scholarship, and to be surprised by the discovery of facts and stories too seldom told. It’s America’s freethought history, newly experienced.

Development of the new site and of a redesigned companion brochure available at tourist information booths along the New York State Thruway were funded by a generous grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust. Web design was by Ingenious, Inc., of Buffalo, New York.

Paul Fidalgo

Paul Fidalgo has been communications director of the Center for Inquiry since 2012. He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, and has worked previously for FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy and the Secular Coalition for America. Paul is also an actor and musician whose work includes five years performing with the American Shakespeare Center, and he currently directs productions for the University of New England Players. In 2017 he was the second Richard Kirschman Free Thought Fellow at the Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, California. His work also appears in the 13th book of the Dark Mountain Project. He lives in Maine along with his two dangerous kids. His personal blog is Near-Earth Object, and he tweets at @paulfidalgo.

Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn is editor of Free Inquiry, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and editor of The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007).


The Council’s Freethought Trail has a new look and new features.

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