Florida, Ghost Story, Ghost Tour, Ghosts, Historical Sites, Public History, Southern History, Storytelling

A Love Letter to Tampa Theater

  Nate, Frank (our dachshund), and I are leaving Tampa soon, and in preparation we are trying to do a very slow farewell tour of the places we’ll miss the most. This past weekend my sister-in-law and her family came to visit us and we all caught a tour at the Tampa Theater.[1] I’ve enjoyed… Continue reading A Love Letter to Tampa Theater

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Folktales, Ghost Story, Ghost Tour, Ghosts, Historical Research, Historical Sites

Dark Tourism: No thanks.

After about a year of people asking me if my research was “Dark Tourism,” or asserting that it was (“OH, Like Dark Tourism?!”) I decided to read all the articles about “Dark Tourism” I could get my hands on. Having done that, I conclude that what I do is not “Dark Tourism,” and that I… Continue reading Dark Tourism: No thanks.

Ghost Story, Graduate Education, Historical Research, Object Veneration, Southern History

The Library of Congress & I (& also ghosts): A Torrid Love Affair

This spring break I decided to temporarily put down Virginia folktales (provided by my past love—The WPA) and give some attention to the Library of Congress’s digital newspaper collections (I am going to make this very obvious, the federal government does great things for my education, WPA, the LOC, the grants and loans I got… Continue reading The Library of Congress & I (& also ghosts): A Torrid Love Affair

Exhibit Review, Folk Art, Ghost Story, Ghosts, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History, Spiritualism

Ghosts, Museums and Spiritual residue

(This was originally from my old blog, written in 2012) I am very excited about this. Ghosts and talk of them make me very uncomfortable and so do dead bodies, but within the confines of history I find it very interesting. On page 86 in Handler and Gable’s controversial 1997 book New History in an Old… Continue reading Ghosts, Museums and Spiritual residue