The following article is about The Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, IN, and some of their “otherworldly” visitors. Interviewed for the article were Jim Harlan, Executive Director, and Debbie Longworth, Administrative Assistant.
Jim is passionate about re-awakening the love of history in all of us. There is a sign in his office that reads, “A museum can remind you of what you’ve been; a museum can remind you of what you can be again”.
The Wayne County Historical Museum is a goldmine of ancient artifacts; an Egyptian mummy named “Menkaef”, or translated means “his soul remains.” Native American beaded clothing and amazing photos of different tribes and Japanese Samurai Armor dating to 1650. Some of these treasures seem to speak to people, literally.
Administrative Assistant Debbie Longworth described an instance where someone, or something, called her name not once, but twice. She was sitting in her office typing, when she heard someone call her name in a whispered voice, “Debbie.” “I thought it was our maintenance man, or Stephanie Beaty (program director), playing a prank on me”, she said with a smile. Debbie came out of her office and asked them if they were calling her name. They were across the room and answered, “No”. Debbie went back into her office, and again the whispered voice called, “Debbie”.
The maintenance man at the museum has also encountered a playful spirit, that he has nicknamed Herkimer. He is responsible for misplaced things, and odd occurrences.
Jim Harlan has an open mind about the spirit activity. He says with a smile, “I would love to find proof”.
Walking through the museum, you can feel the energy coming from the displays. An Egyptian mummy lying in his burial wrappings. Photos of Native Americans proudly wearing their headdresses; mother’s lovingly holding their infants. Tomahawks, swords, and armor used by warriors from so long ago.
A museum is a refuge for objects and photos left behind, reminders of lives and events lost to time. It opens a window into the past, allowing visitors from our time and maybe others, to glimpse through.
On July 21, 2012, The Wayne County Historical Museum will have another Spirit Academy and Paranormal Investigation. The Spirit Paranormal Investigation Research and Intervention Team will be there. Come and have a Spirited good time!