Fair Ad Promoting Ingersoll Speech

Fair Ad Promoting Ingersoll Speech

The Yates County Fair ran this ad in the Penn Yan Express for September 18, 1889, promoting Ingersoll's appearance at the fair. Image courtesy Richard MacAlpine.

Yates County Fair

Yates County Fair

This image of the horse racing track at the Yates County Fair dates to 1908, but things probably did not look too much different when Ingersoll spoke in 1889. Photo courtesy Richard MacAlpine.

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

Robert Green Ingersoll and his two daughters, Maud and Eva, arrived in Penn Yan on September 24, 1889 via the Fall Brook Railway, and were greeted on arrival by the railroad's president. They stayed at what was then Penn Yan's premier hotel, the Benham House. After receiving some visitors the party proceeded to Dresden to view Ingersoll's birthplace and the former church where his father had preached.

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