Thomas Paine Birthday celebration to be held Jan. 31 at Deutschheim State Historic Site

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Volume 37-015 For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 27, 2009 -- Learn about and celebrate the birthday of the forgotten founding father, Thomas Paine, on Jan. 31 at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the site's Strehly House and is free and open to the public.   

Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer who propelled the American Revolution through writing and ideas, a folk hero to thousands of German freethinkers and the man who proposed the name "United States of America."  Steven Rowan, Ph.D., University of Missouri -- St. Louis, will discuss Paine's life.  Cake and refreshments will be served in honor of his birthday. 

Deutschheim State Historic Site's Strehly House is located at 130 West 2nd Street.  For more information, call the historic site at 573-486-2200 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit