Haunted History

The worlds of Historic Preservation and the paranormal will cross October 26 at a landmark hotel named by The Today Show as “one of the most haunted houses in America.” Preservation Iowa, the statewide non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of Historic Preservation, is teaming up with the Mason House Inn and the Quad Cities Paranormal Research Organization (QC PRO) to put on a special Halloween event.

From 7:00pm-9:00pm, Chuck and Joy Hanson will provide a tour and presentation of the “paranormal Disneyland” that is their home and hotel. The 1846 building has served as a hospital three separate times over the last 165 years and was a station on the Underground Railroad. Nestled in the National Historic District in the Villages of Van Buren, this beautiful building hosts 300 friendly spirits on the grounds.

At 9:00pm the Researchers from QC PRO will begin an overnight investigation, where up to ten people (15 and older) can investigate alongside the professionals. Guests can also stay overnight in one of the Mason House Inn’s nine rooms and review the findings over breakfast in the morning.

To reserve your space call 515-481-0040 or email Preservation Iowa events@preservationiowa.org. All proceeds will be donated to Preservation Iowa.

Cost: $7 for Tour and Presentation, $35 for overnight investigation, Additional charge for a reservation at Mason Inn

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One Response to Haunted History

  1. Lai says:

    Sarah, If you’ve already cheekcd your local photo archives and the Ohio Historical Society archives, digging up those old images may be a challenge. Sometimes we’ve had success putting a call out in the local paper for residents with historic images to come to a meeting and share those images.

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