Paranormal team to investigate library
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 16:10
The A-State Museum in Dean B. Ellis Library is preparing for its first ever paranormal investigation open to the public at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
With Halloween approaching, the museum staff put their heads together and began brainstorming events to draw in the community. Their intention was to create an opportunity for all ages that wasn’t just the typical “spook house”, Jill Kary, curator of Education, said.
The paranormal team, lead by John Passmore, is native to Jonesboro and plans to use Electromagnetic Field Meter (EMF) to pick up any paranormal happenings.
“They are basically running the show,” Kary said. “They did a walk through once before. They brought their equipment late at night, all the lights were off, and it was very interesting. I wasn’t expecting it, but yes, there was one unexplained EMF spike.”
Once the event begins there will be a brief talk about what EMFs are used for and what they pick up. Once the investigation starts, there will be no talking and cell phones will have to be turned off in case it creates a disturbance in readings. If the team believes something has happened that is unexplained, they will try to ask “it” questions, and attempt to explain anything paranormal that is picked up.
When asked about potential hot spots in the museum, Kary said she would not go into detail.
The main purpose of After Dark is “edgy education”, or to draw people into the museum that possibly have not been there before, and to provide more education on electric waves that can be picked up from the air.
Although the event is only for those 18 and older, the museum did not want to exclude children all together. Before After Dark, there will be a chance for anyone 10 years and older to come for The Case of the Missing Housewife.
This event is from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, and gives people of all ages an opportunity to be a detective in a case involving a missing artifact, or “housewife”. Those attending will not pay a fee and will learn about the civil war period, and have opportunities to use problem solving skills, along with drawing their own conclusions.
There are seven volunteers that have decided to be criminals, or suspects, in the case to make it more realistic.
“We wanted something that kids could come to. Something that wouldn’t be too scary, but still chilling and mysterious,” Kary said.
Other upcoming events from the museum include Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. An exhibit will also be on display from Oct. 23 through Nov. 27, called El Caballo, or The Horse, which will showcase Mexican Folk Art.
Although there is no cost to the event, there is a requirement of pre registration for After Dark, but not for The Case of the Missing Housewife. Registration can be made by calling Jill Kary at (870)972-2074.