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Prime Time Luncheon – April 8 at noon

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under News & Events

Come out to the Prime Time luncheon series at noon on April 8. We will provide beverages and dessert.

This month’s luncheon will feature Dr. Dan Rolph, of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, talking about “Ghosts and supernatural or paranormal research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.”

In 2013, a Huff/Post/YouGov poll revealed that 45% of Americans believe in ghosts, or in the spirits of the dead, and that those revenants can and have often returned to certain places and situations known in life. Though many are skeptical of such beliefs, Carl Jung, the famed psychologist, summed it up quite well in 1919, when he remarked that, “I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”

 Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you are sure to be entertained by Dr. Dan Rolph of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania during his ‘Power-Point presentation,’ a ‘show & tell’ about the diaries, letters, photographs, publications, etc., or collections found at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania relative to ‘Supernatural or Ghost-lore,’ as well as information about the ‘resident’ ghosts at the Historial Society building.
Dan’s Doctoral Dissertation, entitled, To Shoot, Burn, and Hang: Folk History from a Kentucky Mountain Family & Community (Knoxville, TN: Univ. of TN Press., 1992), is based in part on a number of supernatural occurrences connected with his family, and well-known local historical events (everything from a literal ‘witch-burning in 1898, to ghost-lore connections to a lynching which transpired in 1903), that occurred in northeastern Kentucky where he’s originally from.
Dan also has an unpublished  manuscript of all his family’s personal experiences over the past hundred years or more with ‘hauntings,’ and other paranormal activities as well as over 20 large file boxes filled with supernatural tales he has collected from centuries old publications, interviews with people who’ve visited the Historical Society, and correspondence with individuals all over the world on the subject.
So, as you might guess, Dan has no problem speaking about ‘ghosts’ from a ‘professional or academic’ level as well as a personal one.
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