Top 10 Most Haunted Museums in the Midwest

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Museums preserve the past by collecting and displaying items of historical significance for present and future generations. Often, museums are located in historic homes and buildings, and include many original artifacts from that particular location. With so many relics of the past, it is not surprising that museums are sometimes believed to include a ghost […]

Detroit Suburb Discovers Value in Ghost Tours

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A week after we reported on Charles Slat’s editorial for the Monroe News advocating the benefits of paranormal tourism, more positive news broke from a suburb of Detroit called Royal Oak. For years, there have been rumors that the Orson Starr House, a farmhouse built in 1845 and now owned by the city, was haunted. The city […]

Are Ghost Stories Good for the Economy?

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At Mysterious Heartland, we have long espoused the benefits of folklore, ghost stories, and legends when it comes to tourism and the local economy. For years, we have fought with the naysayers (some of whom share our interests) who believe ghost stories bring negative attention and are responsible for every bad thing that happens at […]

Ghosts of the Past Haunt Tinker Swiss Cottage

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Disembodied footsteps, a rocking chair that moves on its own, and phantom figures would be enough to spook anyone. For Steve Litteral, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, however, it’s just another day on the job. Located at 411 Kent St. in Rockford, Illinois, Tinker Swiss Cottage is rich in local history […]

Interview with Steve Litteral, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage

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Steve Litteral is a native of Rockford, Illinois and he is currently the Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. He spent two enlistments in the US Army as an airborne infantryman (paratrooper) until he started his academic career in 2000. Currently, Steve has earned an A.A., B.A. in history, and an M.A. in military […]

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