Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wistariahurst Presents Mysteries of the Dead and Talking to Them


On Tuesday October 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Wistariahurst will host Mysteries of the Dead and Talking to Them, a lecture presented by Dr. Rob Cox about Spiritualism. Tickets are $7 and are available online at www.Wistariahurst.org.

Massachusetts was a hotbed of the dead in the nineteenth century, a place where spirits and living persons conversed on a daily basis about things mundane and heavenly. Coalescing as a movement in 1848 around the idea that the living had stumbled upon a new “spiritual telegraph” that enabled them to commune with the departed, Spiritualism became the fastest growing religion in America in the late antebellum period. At this lecture, travel back in time with Dr. Rob Cox as he explores what it meant for Spiritualists when they heard spirit voices, what it says about their country, and how the movement evolved from there.


Rob Cox led a checkered life before becoming head of Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst in 2004, spending time in similar institutions such as the University of Michigan and the American Philosophical Society. A recovering paleontologist and molecular biologist, he received a PhD in history from Michigan and has since written a number of articles and five books on topics ranging from the American Spiritualist movement to Lewis and Clark, sleep, and New England culinary history.

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