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Ouija at the Haunted Lemp Mansion with Karen A. Dahlman – Big Seance Podcast #146

Ouija at the Lemp Mansion with Karen A. Dahlman - Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #146

 

After a paranormal weekend at the Haunted America Conference, Karen A. Dahlman joins Patrick for an overnight Ouija session and a creepy exploration through the dark corridors of the haunted Lemp Mansion in Saint Louis, Missouri.

 

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Death and Mourning in the 19th Century and the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

This past weekend, friend and past guest of the Big Séance Podcast, Victoria Cosner Love, invited me (ahem… strongly encouraged me to leave my crypt) to a fascinating event, which appropriately fit the season, in my opinion anyway. It was my first visit to the absolutely beautiful Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion in St. Louis. “A Death in the Family: Death and Mourning in the 19th Century” is an annual mourning event there. 

An interesting fact is that the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is right next door to the famous Lemp Mansion and the Lemp Brewery Complex, and so the neighborhood is always an interesting place to find yourself this time of year. (Incidentally, the boys from Ghost Adventures just featured the Lemp Mansion and Brewery in their most recent episode, and the Ghost Hunters spent some time there a few years ago as well.) 

The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is reported to be haunted as well, and I did talk to a few people in the know, but this event didn’t focus on the paranormal aspects of the place.

 

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As you may know, I’m obsessed with staircases, especially grand ones in a historical location like this mansion. So I had to lead with the photo above, with one of the volunteers appropriately mourning in character at the front entrance. 

I was very surprised to also run into several friends, some of whom I’ve never met in person, like my new friend Ginger of Missouri History and Hauntings. I got to meet a few other fascinating and knowledgable people, as well. I’m so very glad I went!

So back to the event itself. Here’s a description of the event, taken directly from their site:

This is an open house style event, during which guests are free to visit exhibits throughout the Mansion and learn not only about mourning customs of the 19th century but illness, medical treatments, wakes, funerary practices and more from costumed volunteers and museum staff.

As well as visiting with our informative volunteers, guests get a chance to see a amazing collection of original objects related to death, mourning and medical practices, from private collections, that are on display just this one day every year.

 

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I loved the event, but I look forward to going back again soon, perhaps to get a general tour of the place, plus they have plenty of activities. I encourage anyone in the area to visit if you haven’t been. 

I would have loved to have been able to get more shots of the home, but this event was well-attended, which is a good thing, but it made it difficult to get really good photos. But I hope you enjoy the shots that I did capture.

 

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I loved the feel and the color of this beautiful, yet oddly shaped corner. I need to find more information about this room. 

 

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The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis…

 

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of joining some friends for dinner on “The Hill” and an evening at the famous Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve wanted to see the place for several years but just never made it there. I’d heard stories, I have driven by, I’ve read about it online, and at one point I even became fascinated with checking out the many videos and photos that visitors to the Lemp had posted online from their experiences. Then just a few years ago the Ghost Hunters filmed an episode there and its popularity has since exploded. Now it has kind of become one of those touristy ghost traps. Very cool for people who are into the paranormal, but for people seriously studying it, it’s just a side effect of the great paranormal craze.

 

 

The name of the event we attended was “The New Generation of Ghost Hunting”. When I realized this I rolled my eyes (even though I was by myself). I braced myself for having to listen to a redneck paranormal team discussing orbs, or how a flashing meter would prove the existence of a ghost in the room, or some other controversial topic that the average innocent tourist would fall for. You just never know with some of the irresponsible paranormal groups out there. I kind of decided that instead of attending as an investigator/researcher who would catch them in their gimmicks, I would zip my mouth shut and have fun as a tourist.

 

 

It turns out that the two people from the paranormal group that ran the event and tour that evening were pretty cool. Just lighthearted good fun. The cheesiest thing was that every other person got a camcorder with infrared illuminators for walking around in the dark. And the dark is probably what annoyed me the most. Not because I was afraid of it, but because I just wanted to see the place and take some pictures. I quickly handed off my camcorder to a stranger so that I could actually be present and take some really bad pictures with a flash in the darkness. But the young woman who led my tour was nice enough to allow me to follow her back through the house after it was all said and done so that I could take pictures with the lights on.

 

 

Once again, I’m definitely not a photographer, but I hope you enjoy some of these shots. 

For those not familiar with the story or if you would like more information, here are some good sites. 

www.lempmansion.com
www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-lempmansion.html

 

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 


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