A Ghosthunter's Paradise: Haunted America Conference Comes to Alton
A painting that rattles, shakes and throws itself off the wall ... Shadow People who flit through rooms and are seen from the corner of the eye ... Ghost hunts ... Ghost tours ... A ghostly masquerade ball ...
From the strange to the downright goosebump creepy, the 21st Anniversary of the Haunted America Conference slated for Alton, IL, is sure to offer a little bit of something for anyone interested in the paranormal or just plain weird.
The elite of the paranormal world will converge on Alton, IL Friday and Saturday, June 23 & 24 for Troy Taylor's annual Haunted America Conference. The Best Western Premier - St. Louis Regional Airport Hotel will host the event for the third year in a row.
"We've had the event in other places, from Decatur, IL to Cape Cod and San Diego, California. But it really seems to be at home in Alton and we've really felt like the event is welcome here," Taylor a renowned author and paranormal expert said. "We didn't create the conference in Alton, but it's the town where it became really popular."
Alton, dubbed, "one of the most haunted small towns in America" is no stranger to ghostly phenomena. According to Taylor, the city has seen "more than its share of death, disease, disaster, violence, murder and even the scars of the Civil War". That makes it the perfect location for the Haunted America Conference, he noted.
Taylor has pulled out all the stops for the conference bringing in over half a dozen U.S. experts in the paranormal and unexplained mysteries that abound in the world. Planet Weird will bring its Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult and there will be a reunion of the Ghostly Talk Radio. The Traveling Museum features, among other items, a "restless" painting, a haunted doll and Amityville Horror house plank. This year's conference will also feature author and paranormal investigator Rosemary Ellen Gurley who will update attendees on her on-going research into the activities of the Djinns, Shadow People, ET's and Black-Eyed Figures. Sarah Soderlund, also known as "Paranormal Sarah" will be a first time speaker. Soderlund is a forensic psychologist and will bring a unique perspective to those things that go bump in the night.
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Speaker and author Rene Kruse will join Taylor in a special "most haunted" discussion. Found and publisher of Intrepid Magazine, Scotty Roberts, will speak on his paranormal adventures in Egypt. Additional speakers and presenters include Sherri Brake, an author and paranormal investigator; Alan Brown, a professor of English at the University of West Alabama, who will talk about haunted bed and breakfast inns; Luke Naliborski, an American Hauntings guide and investigator; and April Slaughter, who will conduct a seance during the conference.
"We've really pulled out the stops this year with more speakers, more special events, more tours and more ghost hunts," Taylor said. "We are really looking forward to this year's event."
The Haunted America Conference was designed in 1997 by Taylor to provide a gathering place for ghost enthusiasts, speakers, authors and anyone interested in the strange and supernatural, Taylor said. "There was nothing else like it at the time," he added.
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Over the years, as interest in paranormal activities and ghost hunting has become more popular, Taylor has seen a surge in attendance and interest in the conference.
"In 2015, which marked our first return to Alton in almost a decade, we had our largest and most successful conference in its history," he said.
McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois
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