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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Thursday,
January 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Canton, OH
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95A
Friday,
January 4, 1895
Faurot's Opera House
Lima, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Saturday,
January 5, 1895
Valparaiso, IN Lecture Tour:
95A
Sunday,
January 6, 1895
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95A
Monday,
January 7, 1895
Hotel Pfister
Milwaukee, WI
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
95A
Monday,
January 7, 1895
Stadt Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Tuesday,
January 8, 1895
Opera house
Oshkosh, WI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 9, 1895
Park Hotel
Madison, WI
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 9, 1895
Madison, WI Lecture Tour:
95A
Thursday,
January 10, 1895
Opera house
Winona, MN
Lecture Holy Bible

Is state WI?

Tour:
95A
Friday,
January 11, 1895
Lyceum Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Saturday,
January 12, 1895
Metropolitan
St. Paul, MN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Saturday,
January 12, 1895
Hotel Ryan
St. Paul, MN
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
95A
Sunday,
January 13, 1895
Duluth, MN Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Monday,
January 14, 1895
EauClaire, WI Lecture Tour:
95A
Tuesday,
January 15, 1895
La Crosse, WI Lecture Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 16, 1895
Grand Opera House
Dubuque, IA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Thursday,
January 17, 1895
Greene Opera House
Cedar Rapids, IA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Thursday,
January 17, 1895
Grand Hotel
Cedar Rapids, IA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
95A
Friday,
January 18, 1895
Burtis Opera House
Davenport, IA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Saturday,
January 19, 1895
Foster's Opera House
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Thursday,
January 24, 1895
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Friday,
January 25, 1895
Rochester, NY Lecture Burns Tour:
95A
Sunday,
January 27, 1895
Fifth Ave Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 30, 1895
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 30, 1895
Galt House
Louisville, KY
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
95A
Thursday,
January 31, 1895
High Street Theater
Albany, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved?

possible confusion with Mar 17 lecture in Columbus OH

Tour:
95A
Saturday,
February 2, 1895
New York, NY Tribute Seidl Tribute Tour:
95A
Sunday,
February 3, 1895
New York, NY Travel leaves for Southern tour Tour:
95B
Monday,
February 4, 1895
Opera house
Columbia, SC
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
February 5, 1895
Charleston, SC Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
February 6, 1895
Theater
Savannah, GA
Lecture Shakespeare

very large audience

Tour:
95B
Thursday,
February 7, 1895
Augusta, GA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Friday,
February 8, 1895
Academy of Music
Macon, GA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Saturday,
February 9, 1895
Casino
St. Augustine, FL
Lecture Shakespeare

400 people

Tour:
95B
Sunday,
February 10, 1895
Park Opera House
Jacksonville, FL
Lecture Liberty

small audience

Tour:
95B
Monday,
February 11, 1895
Macon, GA Lecture Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
February 12, 1895
Springer's Opera House
Columbus, GA
Lecture Shakespeare

small but enthusiastic audience

Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
February 13, 1895
Grand Opera House
Atlanta, GA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Thursday,
February 14, 1895
Staub's
Knoxville, TN
Correspondence Liberty Tour:
95B
Friday,
February 15, 1895
Opera house
Chattanooga, TN
Lecture Liberty

date problem?

Tour:
95B
Saturday,
February 16, 1895
Theatre Vendome
Nashville, TN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Monday,
February 18, 1895
Cosmopolitan Hotel
New Orleans, LA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

gave 4 interviews today

Tour:
95B
Monday,
February 18, 1895
Washington Artillery Hall
New Orleans, LA
Lecture Shakespeare

1200-1500 in audience

Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
February 20, 1895
O'Brian's Theater
Birmingham, AL
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95B
Thursday,
February 21, 1895
Macauley's Theater
Louisville, KY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Saturday,
February 23, 1895
Boston, MA Lecture Shakespeare

possible lecture in Boston *check this*

Tour:
95B
Sunday,
February 24, 1895
Jacob's Opera House
Hoboken, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible

Ingersoll skirted blasphemy laws by double talk – big audience

Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 1, 1895
Lynn, MA Lecture

Small audience

Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 2, 1895
Opera house
Lowell, MA
Lecture Moses Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 3, 1895
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
95B
Monday,
March 4, 1895
Music Hall
Troy, NY
Lecture Myth and Miracle

moderate sized audience

Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
March 5, 1895
Albany, NY Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 6, 1895
Hotel Kenmore
Albany, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Mentions preachers at Troy

Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 6, 1895
Opera house
Amsterdam, NY
Lecture Moses

some 8 years since last Amsterdam lecture

Tour:
95B
Thursday,
March 7, 1895
Opera House
Gloversville, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 8, 1895
Skinner Opera House
Little Falls, NY
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 9, 1895
Bastable Theater
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 10, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Bath, ME Lecture

Ingersoll’s lecture interfered with by members of YMCA making noise

Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 10, 1895
Lyceum Theater
Rochester, NY
Lecture Holy Bible

large audience mentions lecture last season

Tour:
95B
Monday,
March 11, 1895
Van Curler Opera House
Schenectady, NY
Lecture Holy Bible

nearly every seat occupied

Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 17, 1895
High Street Theater
Columbus, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95B
Monday,
March 18, 1895
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
March 19, 1895
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 20, 1895
Yore's Opera House
Benton Harbor, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Thursday,
March 21, 1895
Goshen, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 22, 1895
Opera house
Elgin, IL
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 23, 1895
Springfield, IL Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 24, 1895
Olympic Theater
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Monday,
March 25, 1895
Wysor Grand
Muncie, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
March 26, 1895
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 27, 1895
Springfield, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95B
Thursday,
March 28, 1895
Opera house
Sandusky, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 29, 1895
Opera house
Youngstown, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 30, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Fort Wayne, IN Lecture Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 31, 1895
Academy of Music
Jersey City, NJ
Lecture Liberty

used veiled language as in Hoboken lecture

Tour:
95B
Sunday,
April 7, 1895
Miner's Newark Theatre
Newark, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Tuesday,
April 9, 1895
Opera house
Danbury, CT
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95C
Wednesday,
April 10, 1895
Proctor's Opera House
Hartford, CT
Lecture Holy Bible

opera house half filled

Tour:
95C
Thursday,
April 11, 1895
Willimantic, CT Lecture Holy Bible

first lecture in Willimantic

Tour:
95C
Friday,
April 12, 1895
Norwich, CT Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95C
Sunday,
April 14, 1895
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Monday,
April 15, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Music Hall
Flint, MI
Lecture Liberty

date approx.

Tour:
95C
April, 1895 City Opera House
Port Huron, MI
Lecture Holy Bible

probable lecture in Port Huron

Tour:
95C
Wednesday,
April 17, 1895
Baird's
Lansing, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95C
Friday,
April 19, 1895
Academy of Music
Saginaw, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Saturday,
April 20, 1895
Opera house
Bay City, MI
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95C
Sunday,
April 21, 1895
People's Theater
Toledo, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Monday,
April 22, 1895
New Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Tuesday,
April 23, 1895
Opera house
Elmira, NY
Lecture Holy Bible

about 250 in audience

Tour:
95C
Sunday,
April 28, 1895
Opera house
Paterson, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Tuesday,
April 30, 1895
Allen's Theatre
New Brunswick, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Thursday,
May 2, 1895
Nashua, NH Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95C
Friday,
May 3, 1895
Molton Opera House
Laconia, NH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95C
May, 1895 Manchester, NH Lecture Holy Bible
Saturday,
May 4, 1895
Dover, NH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
May, 1895 Concord, NH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Monday,
May 6, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Portland, ME Lecture Tour:
95C
Wednesday,
May 8, 1895
Rockland, ME Lecture Liberty Tour:
95C
Wednesday,
May 8, 1895
Opera house
Bangor, ME
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Friday,
May 10, 1895
Music Hall
Lancaster, NH
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95C
Saturday,
May 11, 1895
Howe Opera House
St. Johnsbury, VT
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95C
Tuesday,
May 14, 1895
Plattsburgh Theatre
Plattsburgh, NY
Lecture Cancelled Liberty
Friday,
May 31, 1895
New Rochelle, NY Lecture Paine

delivered before the unveiling of Paine’s statue

Sunday,
August 4, 1895
Academy of Music
Atlantic City, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95D
Thursday,
August 8, 1895
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Tour:
95D
Friday,
August 9, 1895
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Tour:
95D
Saturday,
August 10, 1895
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Tour:
95D
Sunday,
August 11, 1895
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Tour:
95D
Wednesday,
August 14, 1895
Lake Sunapee, NH Lecture Tour:
95D
Thursday,
August 15, 1895
Lake Sunapee, NH Lecture Tour:
95D
Friday,
August 16, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95D
Saturday,
August 17, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95D
Sunday,
August 18, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Holy Bible

1500 in audience

Tour:
95D
Monday,
August 19, 1895
Saratoga Opera House
Saratoga Springs, NY
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95D
Friday,
August 23, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95D
Saturday,
August 24, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95D
Sunday,
August 25, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

Temple filled to the doors

Tour:
95D
Monday,
September 2, 1895
Clear Lake Park
Mason City, IA
Lecture Lincoln

10,000 in audience

Tour:
95D
Tuesday,
September 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95D
Thursday,
September 5, 1895
Elmwood, IL Lecture Reunion Address Tour:
95D
Thursday,
September 5, 1895
Grand Opera House
Elmwood, IL
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95D
Sunday,
September 8, 1895
Crocker Woods
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Lincoln

4-5 thousand in audience

Tour:
95D
Monday,
September 9, 1895
Marshalltown, IA Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95D
Tuesday,
September 17, 1895
Stamford, CT Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95D
Sunday,
September 22, 1895
Grand Opera House
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95D
Sunday,
September 29, 1895
Columbia Theatre
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95D
Thursday,
October 3, 1895
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Writing Letter to Editor

concerning false story of pickpocket in Elmwood

Sunday,
October 6, 1895
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

First Delivery of this lecture

Tour:
95E
Monday,
October 7, 1895
Manchester Opera House
Manchester, NH
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
October 8, 1895
City Hall
Portland, ME
Lecture Which Way?

about 800 in audience

Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
October 9, 1895
Webster Hall
Gloucester, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 10, 1895
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

“Tonight I speak at Leonminster..”

Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 10, 1895
New Town Hall
Leominster, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95E
Friday,
October 11, 1895
City Theater
Brockton, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95E
Saturday,
October 12, 1895
Auditorium
Pawtucket, RI
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Sunday,
October 13, 1895
Opera house
Providence, RI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95E
Sunday,
October 20, 1895
Lafayette, IN Lecture

possible Lafayette lecture around this date

Tour:
95E
Sunday,
October 20, 1895
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Monday,
October 21, 1895
Opera house
Aurora, IL
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
October 22, 1895
Joliet, IL Lecture Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
October 23, 1895
Danville, IL Lecture Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 24, 1895
Bloomington, IL Lecture Tour:
95E
Friday,
October 25, 1895
Grand Opera House
Burlington, IA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95E
Saturday,
October 26, 1895
Keokuk, IA Lecture Tour:
95E
Saturday,
October 26, 1895
St. Louis, MO Interview St. Louis Globe-Democrat

Senator Sherman and His Book

Tour:
95E
Sunday,
October 27, 1895
Olympic Theater
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Lincoln

immense audience

Tour:
95E
Monday,
October 28, 1895
Opera house
Decatur, IL
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
October 29, 1895
Walker Opera House
Champaign, IL
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
October 30, 1895
Grand Opera House
Lafayette, IN
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 31, 1895
Crawfordsville, IN Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95E
Friday,
November 1, 1895
Columbus, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Saturday,
November 2, 1895
Hamilton, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Sunday,
November 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Monday,
November 4, 1895
Mount Vernon, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Monday,
November 4, 1895
Auditorium
Marietta, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
November 5, 1895
Opera house
Wheeling, WV
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Hadn’t been to Wheeling in 15 or 16 years

Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
November 6, 1895
Old City Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Thursday,
November 7, 1895
Opera house
Altoona, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95E
November, 1895 Scranton, PA Lecture Lincoln

probable Scranton lecture

Tour:
95E
Sunday,
November 10, 1895
Star Theatre
New York, NY
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Thursday,
November 14, 1895
New York, NY Travel Left for lecture tour

left for the west

Tour:
95F
Sunday,
November 17, 1895
Star Theater
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Foundations of Faith

was in Buffalo last some two years ago

Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
November 19, 1895
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Audience figures vary wildly – 1000 to 3000 in audience

Tour:
95F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1895
Opera House
Fostoria, OH
Lecture Tour:
95F
Thursday,
November 21, 1895
Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Foundations of Faith

2000 in audience

Tour:
95F
Saturday,
November 23, 1895
Metropolitan Opera House
St. Paul, MN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Sunday,
November 24, 1895
Minneapolis, MN Interview Minneapolis Sentinel Tour:
95F
Sunday,
November 24, 1895
Metropolitan
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Monday,
November 25, 1895
Lyceum
Duluth, MN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
November 26, 1895
Winona, MN Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95F
Thursday,
November 28, 1895
Mankato, MN Lecture Tour:
95F
Friday,
November 29, 1895
Lansing
Lincoln, NE
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95F
Friday,
November 29, 1895
Lincoln, NE Interview Lincoln Recorder

Christian conversion effort target date

Tour:
95F
Sunday,
December 1, 1895
Boyd's New Theater
Omaha, NE
Lecture Holy Bible

over 1200 in audience

Tour:
95F
Monday,
December 2, 1895
Creston, IA Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
December 3, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Minneapolis, MN Interview NY Advertiser Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
December 3, 1895
Opera house
Ottumwa, IA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Wednesday,
December 4, 1895
Waterloo, IA Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95F
Thursday,
December 5, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Des Moines, IA Interview Des Moines State Register Tour:
95F
Thursday,
December 5, 1895
Des Moines, IA Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95F
Friday,
December 6, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Davenport, IA Interview Davenport Republican Tour:
95F
Friday,
December 6, 1895
Burtis
Davenport, IA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Saturday,
December 7, 1895
Graham
Burlington, IA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95F
Sunday,
December 8, 1895
Coates Opera House
Kansas City, MO
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95F
Monday,
December 9, 1895
Sedalia, MO Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
December 10, 1895
English's Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Wednesday,
December 11, 1895
Auditorium
Newark, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Friday,
December 13, 1895
New York, NY Interview NY Sun Tour:
95F
Saturday,
December 14, 1895
New York, NY Interview NY Journal

Reply to the Christian Endeavorers

Tour:
95F
Sunday,
December 15, 1895
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Monday,
December 16, 1895
Richmond Theater
Richmond, VA
Lecture Cancelled Foundations of Faith

Ingersoll would not return to Richmond

Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
December 17, 1895
Lyceum Theater
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Thursday,
December 19, 1895
Quartet Club Hall
Hoboken, NJ
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Sunday,
December 22, 1895
Amphion Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95F
Monday,
December 23, 1895
New York, NY Interview NY Journal

The Venezuelan Boundry Discussion and the Whipping Post

Tour:
95F
Sunday,
December 29, 1895
Academy of Music
Jersey City, NJ
Lecture Holy Bible

300 in audience