Haunted America Conference 2016: A Paranormal Community – The Big Séance Podcast #67

Coverage of the Haunted America Conference 2016: A Paranormal Community - The Big Séance Podcast, BigSeance.com


Coverage of the gathering of America’s original paranormal community: Troy Taylor’s Haunted America Conference 2016 in Alton, Illinois. Hear from Sherri Brake, Greg Newkirk, Barb Huyser, Kari Bergen, Steve Litteral, Keith Age, and History Goes Bump!  

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In this episode:

  • Intro :00
  • Join me on a field trip the the Haunted America Conference! :40
  • More about the conference, the speakers and personalities, and the friends I met! 1:34
  • Troy Taylor’s welcome, a reflection on the history of the paranormal community, and the speaker’s panel. Speakers not mentioned specifically in the rest of the episode are Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Rene Kruse, Scotty Roberts, Alan Brown, Len Adams & Luke Naliborski, and April Slaughter. 4:35
  • My interview tour through the exhibit room begins with Barb Huyser, who has been to every single conference in the last 20 years. Barb looks back at the growth of the conference and the community. You can find more about Barb and her team at SmallTownGhosts.com. 6:59
  • Sherri Brake is an author and is the owner and founder of Haunted Heartland Tours. Visit HauntedHistory.net for more info. 11:07
  • Kari Bergen has been coming to the conference since 2003, but this is her first year having a table in the exhibit room. She was selling her mixed media artwork inspired by antique and vintage pieces. She repurposes interesting materials in her art! You can find her store, EphemeraObscura on Etsy14:29
  • Greg Newkirk, Director of Planet Weird’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult talks about the haunted and cursed items in the museum. Some of the items include a plank from the Amityville horror house, a piece of a haunted mine, a haunted doll (more on that later), and a mysterious crone that has been causing a stir lately. Some of their items can be checked out on a 24/7 live surveillance camera. Visit paramuseum.com. 15:49
  • I ran into Steve Litteral of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum in Rockford Illinois. This mansion was featured on one of my favorite Ghost Hunters episodes a few years back. 23:56
  • Some of the presentations and speakers that went on in the main room at the conference included Alan Brown with a presentation on haunted Bed and Breakfasts, Scotty Roberts and his paranormal adventures in Egypt, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley on the Djinn, Shadow People, ETs, and the Black Eyed People phenomenon. Sherri Brake had her talk on the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Luke Naliborski, who does a great job leading tours, talked about “Strange Stuff”. Troy Taylor came back with Rene Kruse to talk about some of their experiences in the paranormal. And Sarah Soderlund, who is a forensic psychologist, had a presentation that really resonated with me. She studies neurolinguistic programming, profiling and also specializes in psychopathy. So she talked about the Psychology of the Paranormal. 27:34
  • I received an awesome e-mail with compliments, but also some great suggestions on research with after death communication! afterlifeinstitute.org 35:30
  • Voice Feedback #1 – Guitar player hears himself play a song in a dream and then wakes up able to play the same song! 39:21
  • Voice Feedback #2 – A question about Annabelle, the famous haunted doll now featured in a movie of the same name and The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. 41:17
  • On the next episode, we’ll talk to Tim Stevens, a paranerd and independent film director. 42:55
  • Outro 43:08


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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 BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

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