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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Ghost investigators are among some of the most passionate historians I have ever met. We know that a ghost is nothing without setting it in some historical context—whether that context is recent history, or centuries ago. Exploring ghosts is a unique way to connect with our past.

Recently I was talking to an historian who I could tell was offended by the whole notion of ghosts and hauntings. I don’t attempt to convert anyone to anything when it comes to my work, but sometimes I can’t keep my big mouth shut. What set me off was when he said, “I don’t go in for the ghost stories because there’s no basis in history for them.”

“Actually there’s nothing but a historical basis for them,” I said. You can’t ask a single question about a specific ghost without asking who he or she was and what he or she was doing in this location. I asked this historian if he really cared why people took an interest in history. If your profession centers on retelling the story to the best of your knowledge and ability, do you mind whether your audiences’ motives are to hear about the ghosts or if they just want the dates, names, and locations?

There’s an old adage that historians shouldn’t have a country. Meaning if they’re going to be truly objective and get the story as close to the mark as they can, they should set aside any feelings they have for their own country or heritage and try to navigate the names, numbers, facts, and figures with neutrality. I think we should add to the adage that historians shouldn’t have a belief system, either.

History isn’t an exact science. At some point we can only speculate as to what some historical figure was thinking right before he ordered his troops into battle. Journals and outcomes can give us insight, but we’ll never know the minute-by-minute thoughts of anyone. It’s left to us… and maybe the ghosts… to figure out what happened. The most important part of history is the quest itself.

Like all noble pursuits, it’s a quest for truth.

All over the world there are locations where history demands to be remembered, but this month we’re going to explore some notable American haunts. The locations where history left a mark, or dent, if you will. The White House, Gettysburg, The Alamo, Wounded Knee, a complete list could fill a thousand newsletters. What often sets these locations apart in priority is how much we as individuals care about them. How close we feel to the location or the story.

When we’re exploring a haunt, we’re climbing into the story... into history. My expectation is to learn all I can about what happened in the location and remain open to the possibility that I may catch a glimpse of something from the past. It’s exhilarating. It keeps me searching for the next location, the next story, and more history.

Speaking of investigating historic haunts, I have two very cool events coming up. Join me this weekend as we legend trip in Fort Taber/Rodman in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and then we’ll investigate the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, August 1st! My fall schedule is also filling up quickly. Be sure to see me at one of my lectures or events below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
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Events Scheduled:

Supernatural Siege at Fort Taber - New Bedford, Massachusetts - June 22, 2013
A Paranormal Evening with Jeff Belanger - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - July 9, 2013, 8:00PM
A Paranormal Evening with Jeff Belanger - Merrimac, Massachusetts - July 18, 2013, 7:00PM
Legend Tripping with Jeff Belanger - Ludlow, Massachusetts - July 25, 2013, 6:00PM
Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - East Bridgewater, Massachusetts - July 29, 2013, 7:00PM
The Palmer House Hotel Investigation - Sauk Centre, Minnesota - August 1-4, 2013
4th Annual MIPARACON - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - August 9-10, 2013
Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - Whitman, Massachusetts - August 15, 2013, 6:30PM
Dead of Summer at Lizzie Borden's - Fall River, Massachusetts - August 24, 2013
Parafest 2013 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - September 6-8, 2013
Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - Berkley, Massachusetts - September 26, 2013, 7:00PM
Chicago Ghost Conference 5 - Chicago, Illinois - October 4-5, 2013
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Medford Public Library - Medford, Massachusetts - October 17, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Indianapolis Public Library - Indianapolis, Indiana - October 19, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 24, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - New Braintree Public Library - New Braintree, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013, 7:00PM

The Palmer House Hotel Investigation

Join us August 1-4, 2013 - As seen on Season One of Ghost Adventures! Built in 1863, the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, holds secrets. Secrets of the past. Secrets of clandestine meetings. Those secrets are manifesting themselves as full-bodied apparitions, dark shadow figures, and strange noises and smells. Come investigate this highly active haunt with Darkness Radio’s Dave Schrader,’s Jeff Belanger, and paranormal equipment inventor, Bill Chappell! Limited to 60 people!

The event includes: a Meet-n-Greet Party, Lectures, Paranormal Experiments, and Hours of Investigations!

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New features added since our last newsletter:

Native American Star Mounds with Ross Hamilton June 11, 2013 [VIDEO]
Citizen Hearing on UFO Disclosure with Peter Robbins June 4, 2013 [VIDEO]
The History and Hauntings of Peoria State Hospital with Sylvia Shults [VIDEO]
Why Ghost Hunters are Culturally Cool May 6, 2013
Pre Birth Experiences with Elizabeth and Neil Carman, Ph.D. April 30, 2013 [VIDEO]
Greystone Park and Shadow People with Sean Stone April 9, 2013 [VIDEO]
Dark Forces with Bill Bean April 2, 2013 [VIDEO]
LIVE from the Phenomenology 105 Conference in Gettysburg March 26, 2013 [VIDEO]
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Hot Threads and the Community
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Urban Legends, Myths, and Folklore
Exploring Ley Lines.

Does Belief Make it Real?
Signs of superstitions and omens.

General Board
Various types of ghosts.

Religion and Spirituality
Kabbalah, the ancient system of practice.

Spirit Communication
Forms of spirit communication.

Haunted Places
Concentration Camps.

More frauds in science.

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