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MU History Department Lecture: Mrs. Lincoln Talks to the Dead

Starting around the 1840s in the United States, a movement known as Spiritualism swept across the country, staring in upstate New York. Practitioners believed in communication with the dead. The movement exploded in the 1860s, due in part to mounting casualties of the Civil War. Miskatonic University Associate Professor of American Studies, Dorothea Strange, files this report on Spiritualism and the... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series – Wonder Cabinets and Ole Worm

In 16th and 17th Century Europe, during the Renaissance, many wealthy aristocrats collected artifacts from the natural world, and displayed them in elaborately designed cabinets as a way to spark wonder and reveal patterns at the core of the universe. They were first called Wunderkammern, or “wonder rooms.” These displays most often encompassed entire rooms, and were decorated with specimens of minerals,... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series – The Lost City of Zed

The Miskatonic University Department of History presents: The Lost City of Zed Between 1906 and 1924, British adventurer and gifted surveyor Percy Fawcett made seven expeditions into uncharted regions of South America. Fawcett was friends with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who based his 1912 novel “The Lost World,” on Fawcett’s exploits. Fawcett was also a close follower of Madam Blavatsky’s Theosophical... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series – The Dream Hunters of Corsica

Stone megaliths bearing time-tortured faces tell us that hunter-gatherers first settled on the mysterious Mediterranean island of Corsica up to nine thousand years ago. The islanders remained strangely isolated over the millennia despite being within eyeshot of France and Italy. They repelled attacks from the Carthaginians, Etruscans and Greeks. Romans arrived later but clung to the coasts. Vandals,... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series – Toyul, Indonesian Demon Baby

The Miskatonic University Department of History presents: Toyul — The Indonesian Demon Baby Folklore around the world is saturated with stories about animated corpses and stories about demon babies But in Southeast Asia, both of these things can be found in a single powerful creature. It’s called the Toyul in Indonesian and Malaysia, this malevolent infantile spirit is said to be summoned by... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series – Field Trip! Brazil’s Alien City

The Miskatonic University Department of History presents: Field Trip: Brazil’s Alien City Brazil’s space-age capital has become a magnet for groups with cosmic and magic undertones. In 1953, the country’s former president, Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, received a vision. One night he confided in his spiritual adviser, a seven-foot tall 100 year old woman named Rosa, that seven extraterrestrial beings... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series- The Saratoga Lights

The Miskatonic University Department of History presents: The Saratoga Lights Dr. Gerard: Legends about mysterious spectral lights can be found all over the United States, but the Lone Star State seems to have more than its share of such stories. Some explanations of these eerie sightings give us a window into historical events, revealing strong ties between folklore and the past.  Department of History... read more

MU History Department Lecture Series- Count of St. Germain

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  The Count of St. Germain Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard In the mid-18th century, a mysterious man who called himself the Count of Saint Germain started appearing in the highest circles of European society. Some have called him a mystic genius, but others paint him as a charlatan who took advantage of superstitious royalty. He was a renaissance... read more

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