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Programs, Projects and Exhibits

  • The Text Analysis Project: This project entails the use of computers for SVM and other original computer analyses of eighteenth-century writings in order to determine if Paine has authored texts which have hitherto only been linked to him by innuendo or have never been linked to him at all. Likewise, the project aims to correct misattributions of Paine's authorship and establish which pseudonymously published writings, a frequent eighteenth-century authorial practice, may have been written by Paine. Papers have been presented at several conferences including the Eighth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2013; Journal of Technology in Society, Vol. 10, 2015; and the Eleventh ICIS Conference on Technology, Berkeley, 2015.

  • Minor in Thomas Paine Studies: A multi- and inter-disciplinary minor has been created in Paine Studies. The core curriculum  includes courses in History, English, Political Science, and Philosophy, as well as internships for credit.

  • Thomas Paine Internships: These internships give students from a wide array of disciplines the experience of working with the faculty and staff of the ITPS on projects using the TPNHA collection.

  • The Third International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies will be held in October, 2018 at Iona College, continuing a series of conferences hosted by ITPS. In 2012, The First in this series was held at Iona, and the Second was held in Paris, co-hosted by the University of Paris Nanteres.


  • "Thomas Paine and Voting Rights", showing excerpts from his address to the French Assembly in 1795 in defense of universal suffrage. 2016 in Ryan Library.

  • "Thomas Paine and the Presidents", showing Paine's relationship to the first three American Presidents, 2017, Ryan Library.

  • "An Unpublished Thomas Paine Letter to Garat from 1800" features a letter never published from Paine to a French leader. The letter is written in both French and English, and the University of Paris is linked to provide various translations. (Ryan Library, Summer 2013)

  • "Thomas Paine in New Rochelle" exhibit will be displayed at the TPNHA building as part of New Rochelle's 325th Anniversary celebration. (June 2013)

  • "The Adventures of Thomas Paine's Bones" exhibit reveals the legacy of Thomas Paine bones which have, sadly as well as allegedly, become scattered all over the globe due to the removal of his body to England by William Cobbett. (Currently at the TPNHA building)

  • "The First Great Disinformation Campaign: The Use of Slander in Political Cartoons to Discredit the Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine". This exhibit assembled cartoons used to undermine Paine's influence with the British and American people in the 1790s.

  • "Conference Exhibit", displayed in Ryan Library during the conference in October featured rare documents along with personal effects.

  • "An Introduction to the TPNHA Collection" exhibit featured the wide range of artifacts held in the Collection, from Paine's personal effects, to rare books about Paine, and early editions of Paine's writings. (Ryan Library, Summer 2012)

Thomas Paine Grants: These grants catalyze the development of courses, research, and programming which draw upon Paine's life and legacy. Examples of previous grants include the development of a History Seminar on the Politics of Thomas Paine (HST 410), the production of the play Citizen Paine, and the incorporation of writings by Paine into English composition classes (ENG 120).

Common Sense and the Common Core: A primary focus of the ITPS is the development of K -12 curriculum for free distribution to teachers in Westchester County, New York, and throughout the United States. Working with Paine experts and faculty, students in education will create lesson plans using excerpts from Paine's Common Sense, Crisis, and other works, which will be posted on this website for use by teachers.

The Thomas Paine Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive educational and research resource dedicated to the life, work, and legacy of Thomas Paine. It features a forty page biography with accompanying period maps and graphics, quotations by topic, the major works and links to the complete works, and a political cartoon history of attacks on Paine. The app is designed for public and classroom use, and is available from ITPS FREE.