Mediums at the Turn of the Century…

This has definitely been one of the longest blog droughts for me, and so if you’ve been waiting for new content, I apologize and thank you for your patience. I’m recovering from one of the most stressful few weeks I’ve ever had in my real gig. For a music teacher, December and May are particularly challenging, and sometimes they are a nightmare. For four days I did not return from work until 8 or 9 in the evening, and even then I did work up until bedtime. I finished off the week with a bang, and fortunately not literally, because I went roller skating on a field trip with many of our kids on Friday. It had been years. I’m proud to say that though the skills didn’t come back to me as fast as they did seven or eight years ago, I managed to do okay… and I DIDN’T FALL! I had a blast, though if the muscles in my right ankle could talk, they’d say something very different.


So here’s a little something for you today.

I learned this in the book Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker, which I’m reading right now. Mediums at the turn of the century, real or hoaxers, were almost all women. Men were only okay with listening to these women mediums speak because it was men that were almost always being channeled through them. It was clear that these mediums were the real thing, because there is no way that a woman could come up with such great wisdom and answers on her own. 


This either made you laugh or really annoyed you. Either way, I thought it was an interesting look back, and a great example of how far we’ve come in a century… though many would argue we’ve got a long way to go yet.


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About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

8 responses to “Mediums at the Turn of the Century…

  • Gary Leigh

    What? You’ve been away?

  • Maria Laing

    The last comment about women mediums made me laugh and annoyed me!! Hahaha!!!!!!!

    I can just imagine how busy you have been this May!! I have three grandchildren who have been in their final days of high school classes this May. My oldest grandchild just graduated this Saturday. The other two, twin sisters, will move on to their junior year this coming fall. I have been aware of their many activities and my thoughts are with you, as teacher! Many overlook the stresses on the teachers. Bless you for all you do!
    Thanks for the info about the book about Lily Dale. I have wanted to visit there for a long time! Thank you for the share of photos, too! I voted for your site as my favorite paranormal site…hope it was not too late!

    • Patrick Keller

      Thank you, Maria! Yeah… I’ve definitely lost years from my life due to the stressful times of the year and those special moments. 😉 Three grandkids in high school? You don’t live close to them, am I correct? You’d probably have way less time on your hands if you were near. 🙂

      Hey… wouldn’t it be fun to both show up at Lily Dale together?! 🙂

  • thewritegirlforthejob

    I’ll have to check out the book and I so understand about busy. I actually live close to Lily Dale and maybe I’ll go one of these days and give you an update on anything that occurred while I was there.

  • Randall Keller

    The documentary on Lillydale is fascinating!

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