Flashback Friday: Chicago Ghost Conference III

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This October, I thought it might be fun to take our readers on a trip down memory lane. I started doing talks on the legends and lore of Illinois in 2007, and since then, I’ve been lucky to have attended many great events, meeting a lot of interesting folks in the process. It was hard […]

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 […]

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