Folktales, Ghosts, Historical Sites, Landscape History, Public History, Ruins, Spiritualism, Storytelling

Landscape: The Abandoned and The Haunted

It was recently brought to my attention that “Ruin Porn” is a thing –and a problematic one at that. I am no stranger to the draw of abandoned places, I recently found an abandoned Renaissance Fair, and I never pass up the opportunity to look at photos of defunct amusement parks or detailed architecture made… Continue reading Landscape: The Abandoned and The Haunted

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Ghosts, Public History, Spiritualism

Mediums to the Past

(Originally Posted on my blogspot blog August 2013) On Monday I spent some time on the 3rd floor of USF’s library in the stack BF. Good Ol’ BF is home to the books the Lib. Of Congress categorizes under the term “Spiritualism,” among others. If you have not heard, let me remind you, I am playing… Continue reading Mediums to the Past

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