Mirrors and Mystics: Life and Death in the Victorian Age
Have you Ever Wondered if There were Spirits at the Chatillon-DeMenil?
Do you neeD a Palm or Tarot Card Reading?
Every Wonder Where the Phrase “Dead Ringer” originated?
Join us for all of this and more on October 20, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:oo PM at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion.
General Admission Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets, palm and tarot card readings, and all lectures. General admission tickets also include one free admission for a daytime tour of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion.
Ghost tours start at 6:30 and every half hour with the last tour starting at 9:30. Tours are limited to 10 people each and are an additional $10. Advance purchase is recommended.
About our Speakers:
Lecture One: The Phrenological Fowlers: 19th Century Alternative Medicine and American Self-Help
Kristine Swenson has served as chair for the Department of English and Technical Communication at Missouri S&T since 2009 where she teaches British literature and composition. She earned a PhD in English from the University of Iowa, an MA in English from the University of Virginia, and a BA in English from Luther College, Decorah, IA. Her research focuses on Victorian literature and culture, literature and medicine, and women’s cultural history. Her most recent scholarly projects concern heterodox medical practices, particularly as they were employed by women practitioners.
Lecture Two: Funerals in the Victorian Era
Join Robert Curtis from Leesman Funeral Homes as he shares some of the creepiest victorian funeral practices.
Bob received his AAS Degree from St. Louis Community College in mortuary science. Prior to entering funeral service, Bob served 8 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed in San Diego, Los Angeles and Japan. He also worked 3 years as a Corrections Officer with State of Missouri Department of Corrections in Vandalia, Missouri.
Lecture Three: Victorian Burial Mysteries
Are you ready to learn more about grave robbing and accidentally being buried alive? This is the lecture for you!
Victoria Cosner has spent the better part of 30 years poking around graveyards and digging for lost pieces of history. She is especially fond of delving into missing pieces of women's history. She co-authored a book, Women under the Third Reich (Greenwood Publishing) and next turned her attention to the infamous Madame Lalaurie and her incredible family. It wasn't long before another bizarre historical figure caught her attention: Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell.
A longtime member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, she has worked in public history facilities for over 20 years and has her master's degree in American Studies, specializing in cultural landscapes of garden cemeteries
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
6:00 PM: Doors Open
Tarot Card Reading
6:30 PM: Ghost Tours Begin
7:00 PM: Lecture Two
8:00 PM: Lecture Three
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ST. LOUIS PARANORMAL RESEARCH SOCIETY FOR GHOST TOURS AND TAROT CARD READERS
BEER PROVIDED BY CIVIL LIFE BREWING CO.