The Grant County Public Library will host Minnesota’s Stately Spirits Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at the library. The 50 minute program is targeted towards tweens, teens and adults.
Robert and Lynn Halbrook will present the interactive theater Minnesota’s Stately Spirits: Stories, Legends and Tales from Haunted Places. The program is designed to advance literacy in a very creepy way. “Guests will learn about some of Minnesota’s most renowned haunted places and experience strange phenomena these places seem to share with artifacts that have been retrieved from their sites,” explained library director Jody Carlson.
Guests will hear stories, see displays, investigate phenomena and discover books and research from locations well-documented as having a link with the dead. A number of artifacts from Robert and Lynn’s personal collection will be on display throughout the program. Guests will see and handle these strange artifacts, learn about spiritualist powers and hear stories of maddeningly scary events. Volunteers will personally experience the odd phenomena that results from an association with these artifacts while the entire audience plays witness.
How did the term “wake” originate? What was a “safety coffin?” Can a wooden toy box hold the spirit of a young boy who died mysteriously? These questions and more will be answered during the course of the event. Robert includes many references to the books, papers, photographs and online research he has used while investigating ghosts in nearby Minnesota.
“This program has the content that appeals to young adult and adult audiences and motivates them to research and read more,” noted Carlson. “It will not only attract them to the associated literature, but it will encourage them to use the library to pursue other topics as well.”