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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 9, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Get ready for Halloween with ghostly journey Oct. 21

State Historical Museum hosts program about Iowa’s haunted places

DES MOINES – The State Historical Museum is getting ready for Halloween by offering a ghostly journey this month with paranormal specialist Chad Lewis.

Lewis will present “Iowa’s Most Haunted Locations: A Visual Road Trip” at 7 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by contacting Maureen Korte at 515-281-4132 or maureen.korte@iowa.gov. Lewis’ presentation is appropriate for people 10 years old and older.

Lewis, co-author of “The Road Guide to Haunted Locations” book series, will give a presentation and discuss haunted places in Iowa, covering the entire state from the Cursed Angel of Council Bluffs to the Hanging Ghost of Davenport.
Complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages audience members to visit these places for their own ghost stories.

Audience members will also learn where they can see a possessed statue come to life; pick up a phantom hitchhiker; encounter a ghost train; enjoy a play in a haunted theater or have their car pushed by spirits.

Lewis holds a Masters of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has studied the paranormal for 14 years. He has traveled across the world in search of the paranormal, including tracking vampires in Transylvania, chasing Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness and pursuing ghosts in Ireland’s castles.

He has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” ABC’s “World’s Scariest Places,” and hundreds of radio interviews, television appearances and newspaper articles.

As part of his appearance at the State Historical Museum, Lewis will sign copies of his books, including “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations.”


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