Spooky fundraisers scheduled for McPherson Museum

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By Jessie Wagoner

 

McPHERSON—’Tis the season for spookiness. The McPherson Museum has an upcoming fundraiser designed to give you all the creepy feelings you crave in the month of October.

The McPherson Museum is inviting the public to join a paranormal investigation at the library. The Spirit Hunters Paranormal Society will be investigating at the museum on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, and you can join them to see what goes bump in the night.

Carissa Speck with the museum says the investigation will take place throughout the museum, including areas not regularly open to the public. Attendees will learn about the history of the museum as well as how to investigate the paranormal. Investigators will be using professional equipment to discover the past of the museum with help from the unseen guests, the spirits of the McPherson Museum.

The McPherson Museum was constructed in 2013, in place of what was once a well known retirement facility. The retirement facility was built in 1950 and operated until 2005.

“About 30 years earlier, the house that you see next to the museum today, known as the Fields house, was the only building located on the property, built in 1925 for Dr. Fields and his family,” Speck said. “Unbeknownst to us, it’s what the property may have been prior to 1925. As we know, much of McPherson was prairie land. Originally, home to Native Americans long before settlers emigrated from Europe. What we know about McPherson begins in 1872, when McPherson became a town.”

With nothing known about the museum property until 1925, it is likely the spirits roaming the museum today could be connected to the property from as far back as the 1920s and maybe even earlier. Additionally, the museum is now home to over 40,000 artifacts with years’ worth of history attached to them. Some artifacts date back 150 years.

With plenty of possibilities to investigate, the museum is hosting a total of five investigations over two days. Each time slot is limited to 30 people. The attendees will be divided into groups of 10 and will rotate throughout the museum, investigating areas with the most paranormal activity. Two members of the Spirit Hunter Paranormal Society will lead each team through the investigation. Each attendee will get their own KII EME meter to use during the investigation. The dates and times for the investigations are Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., and 9:30 to 11 p.m. 

Speck said tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on the museum website at mcphersonmuseum.com/fundraisers. Participants must be 18 years or older to attend. The investigations require standing and walking for an extended period, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 

Spirit Hunters Paranormal Society is based out of Wichita, Kan. They are known for their discreet, private investigations and are respectful to the history and the possible paranormal of the places they investigate. They listen and are understanding to both the living and the ones who have passed. They will never use ouija boards or any negative conjuring. They are serious about their investigations and will always use professional equipment.

The museum is also hosting a Halloweenie Hotdog Feed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the museum. They will have hotdogs available for $1 or a meal for $5. The meal includes a hotdog, side, dessert and drink. There will also be pumpkins with a carving kit available for purchase for $10.