Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Sunday,
January 24, 1897
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Reform Mankind

lecturing resumed after stroke. Smith has Jan 28, but appears to betypo

Sunday,
January 31, 1897
Powers Hotel
Rochester, NY
Interview Rochester Herald
Sunday,
January 31, 1897
Lyceum Theater
Rochester, NY
Lecture Agnostic
Sunday,
February 7, 1897
Harlem Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Holy Bible
Friday,
February 12, 1897
Trenton, NJ Interview Trenton Evening Times

On reformers

Friday,
February 12, 1897
Taylor Opera House
Trenton, NJ
Lecture Lincoln
Sunday,
February 14, 1897
Academy of Music
New York, NY
Lecture Reform Mankind
Monday,
February 15, 1897
New York, NY Interview New York Herald

About lithographs for his lecture next being torn down

Sunday,
February 21, 1897
Montauk Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97A
Sunday,
February 28, 1897
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97A
March, 1897 Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Music, Newspapers, Lynching and Arbitration

Tour:
97B
Monday,
March 8, 1897
Chicago, IL Lecture Truth

1st delivery of this lecture

Tour:
97B
Tuesday,
March 9, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Milwaukee, WI Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97B
Friday,
March 12, 1897
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis Sentinel Tour:
97B
Sunday,
March 14, 1897
The Denison
Indianapolis, IN
Correspondence Letter to children

stayed at Gilbert(?) 2 nights, then to Elkwood(?) new town – starting home from Columbus

Tour:
97B
Monday,
March 15, 1897
Denver, CO Interview Colorado State Journal

correspondant – probably in Indianapolis

Tour:
97B
Monday,
March 15, 1897
Columbus, OH Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97B
Thursday,
April 1, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago World Tour:
97C
Sunday,
April 4, 1897
Cleveland, OH Lecture Tour:
97C
Monday,
April 5, 1897
The Hollenden
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97C
Wednesday,
April 7, 1897
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
97C
Saturday,
April 10, 1897
St. Louis, MO Interview St. Louis Republic

A Visit to Shaw’s Garden

Tour:
97C
Sunday,
April 11, 1897
Olympia
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Truth

Smith has date as 12th

Tour:
97C
Tuesday,
April 13, 1897
Kansas City, MO Lecture Tour:
97C
Friday,
April 16, 1897
Evansville, IN Lecture Tour:
97C
Saturday,
April 17, 1897
Galt House
Louisville, KY
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97C
Sunday,
April 18, 1897
Louisville, KY Lecture Truth

Smith has date as the 13th. typo?

Tour:
97C
Tuesday,
April 20, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Blade Tour:
97C
Sunday,
April 25, 1897
New York, NY Lecture Individuality

location uncertain

Sunday,
May 9, 1897
Brooklyn, NY Lecture

date conflict with Syracuse – check

Tour:
97D
Sunday,
May 9, 1897
Syracuse, NY Lecture Truth

confirmed with 2 local papers

Tour:
97D
Friday,
May 14, 1897
Newark Theatre
Newark, NJ
Lecture Truth Tour:
97D
Sunday,
May 16, 1897
Opera House
Paterson, NJ
Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97D
Saturday,
May 22, 1897
Boston, MA Lecture

Truth Seeker says this was tenative *check this*

Tour:
97D
Saturday,
May 29, 1897
Grand Opera House
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Truth Tour:
97D
Wednesday,
June 23, 1897
New York, NY Correspondence Letter to Maud
Friday,
June 25, 1897
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
August, 1897 New England Spiritualists
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture

possible several deliveries

Saturday,
August 28, 1897
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Monday,
August 30, 1897
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Sunday,
October 3, 1897
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Truth Tour:
97E
Monday,
October 4, 1897
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children

“Good House” “head to Portland tomorrow”

Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 5, 1897
Portland, ME Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 5, 1897
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children

“Leaving for Portland”

Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 12, 1897
Hartford, CT Lecture Truth Tour:
97E
Friday,
October 15, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Grand Rapids, MI Interview Grand Rapids Herald Tour:
97E
Sunday,
October 17, 1897
Brooklyn, NY Lecture How To Be Saved?

Rescheduled to 18th?

Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 19, 1897
New Haven, CT Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
97E
Thursday,
October 21, 1897
Opera House
Hudson, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 26, 1897
Opera House
Poughkeepsie, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved?

TS has lecture as “The Bible”

Tour:
97E
Sunday,
October 31, 1897
Grand Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
97E
Sunday,
November 7, 1897
Olympic Theater
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
Monday,
November 8, 1897
Park's Opera House
Louisiana, MO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
97F
Wednesday,
November 10, 1897
Shelbyville, IL Lecture Lincoln Tour:
97F
Thursday,
November 11, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer Tour:
97F
Sunday,
November 14, 1897
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
Sunday,
November 21, 1897
Empire Theater
Detroit, MI
Lecture Agnostic

Truth Seeker & Boston Investigator have lecture as “Truth”

Tour:
97F
Monday,
November 22, 1897
Hotel Cadillac
Detroit, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Monday,
November 22, 1897
Jackson, MI Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97F
Tuesday,
November 23, 1897
Lansing, MI Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
97F
Thursday,
November 25, 1897
Chicago, IL Lecture

$2500 gross

Tour:
97F
November, 1897 Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Is Life Worth Living – Christian Science and Politics – date probablyaround 25th

Tour:
97F
Friday,
November 26, 1897
Victoria Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Saturday,
November 27, 1897
Milwaukee, WI Lecture Tour:
97F
Tuesday,
November 30, 1897
Elgin, IL Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
97F
Wednesday,
December 1, 1897
Victoria Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Thursday,
December 2, 1897
Ottawa, IL Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
Sunday,
December 5, 1897
Cleveland, OH Lecture Tour:
97F
Monday,
December 6, 1897
The Hollenden
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to children

Expect to see you next Wednesday

Tour:
97F
Monday,
December 6, 1897
Opera House
Elyria, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
97F
Tuesday,
December 7, 1897
Bryan, OH Lecture Liberty

Boston Investigator says lecture is to be Shakespeare

Tour:
97F
Sunday,
December 12, 1897
Washington, DC Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
December, 1897 Boston, MA Writing For Christmas

Published in “The Arena” – location uncertain

Tour:
97F
Sunday,
December 19, 1897
Fifth Avenue Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Tour:
97F
Saturday,
December 25, 1897
Atlanta, GA Lecture Liberty
Monday,
December 27, 1897
Savannah, GA Lecture Liberty
Friday,
December 31, 1897
Berliner Recording Studio
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Audio Recording – Liberty

Berliner Catalog 695

Friday,
December 31, 1897
Berliner Recording Studio
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Audio Recording – Hope

Berliner Catalog 697