Following the trauma of the Civil War, the intersection of mourning on a national scale with the new technology of photography gave rise to a chilling phenomenon: “spirit photography,” the supposed art of capturing departed loved ones on film. Author and curator of religion at the National Museum of American History, Peter Manseau, shares the story of infamous spirit photographer William Mumler, the fraud allegations that haunted him, and a nation grasping for the promise of the afterlife.

Book Talk: The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost
Tuesday, October 24
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$5 General Admission / Free for Members

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Date and Time

Tue, October 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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An Evening of Ghostly Intimations at Alice Austen House – tonight!

An Evening of Ghostly Intimations

Friday, October 30, 2015

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

Join us for our third year exploring the links between photography, Victorian art, and occult phenomena. This year’s guests:

  • Photographer Shannon Taggart of the Morbid Anatomy Museum who will share stories and images from her 14-year project on the religion of Spiritualism and the practice of mediumship
  • PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz who will speak on the strange history of the spookiest “toy” ever made: The Ouija Board
  •  Acclaimed clairvoyant medium Paula Roberts who will describe how a properly conducted paranormal investigation is done and talk about her work as a clairvoyant counselor, psychic, and handwriting analyst for over 30 years.

The event is hosted by Paul Moakley, the museum’s caretaker and curator, who will tell the ghost story of the Alice Austen House dating back to the Revolutionary War.

RSVP is required. Please call (718) 816-4506 or email info@aliceausten.org. Seating is limited.

Presented by Alice Austen House and Museum of Morbid Anatomy.

Not recommended for children under 13 years old


Alice Austen House Museum in Alice Austen Park Accessible
2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island

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$10/ $8 Museum members

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From Inside Hook e-newsletter:

Next week, rustic chic Williamsburg B&B Urban Cowboy is hosting a series of Victorian séances. Tickets are extremely limited. We suggest you grab two now.

The evening begins with an hour of cocktails and bites – and presumably a chat about your dead relatives – in UC’s gorgeous main house (where we shot our Fall Style Issue).

Afterwards, you’ll adjourn to their back cabin for the séance proper.

The séance is presided over by mentalist/magician Jason Suran.

He does mind readin’ and card flippin’ so well that celebs are often reduced to “Whoa … f*ck.”

The ceremony’s divided into two halves: light (“connecting with energy in the room”) and dark (“getting that energy to speak back to you”).

Suran isn’t messing around — this stuff is seriously eerie. It’s pregnant-women-and-those-with-heart-conditions-not-allowed type of stuff.

Post-show, stroll to nearby watering hole St. Mazie for a nightcap in their cellar — ask the staff about chairs moving and glassware mysteriously flying off the shelves down there.

Great place to enjoy some spirits.

Nota bene: Fans of St. Mazie’s haunted subterranean den should be aware they’re also doing a special dinner screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live score next Wednesday. Creep on creepin’ on.

A Taste of Magic: The Séance
Urban Cowboy B&B
111 Powers St.
b/t Leonard and Manhattan Ave.
(347) 840-0525


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