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Ghostbusters at Fallasburg

A ghost walk and a history lesson at Fallasburg

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI- It was a spooky Saturday night before Halloween at the Fallasburg historical village.

“Put your cell phones in the airplane mode,” advised Edwin Lelieveld, Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) team member.

The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA), the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) and their followers conducted a paranormal investigation inside the Fallasburg museum buildings.

“This has been two years in the making,” said Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, FHS event organizer.

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Tina Siciliano Cadwallader organized the paranormal investigation @fallasburg

Cadwallader put the first time event together as a fundraiser for the historical society.

The MPA started with an introduction inside the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum. We filed behind the old creaking and squeaky desks much like the students did some 150 years ago. The classroom filled up and there was standing room only.

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Ghost hunters inside the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

The ghost detecting equipment such as gauss meters, temperature gauges and nitrogen goggles laid on a separate table by the old piano.

The MPA team set up laser purple dot grids and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) equipment at each location of the paranormal investigation. That is the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, John Wesley Fallass House and David Misner House, all of which sit on the Covered Bridge Road. An MPA team member was at each location to interpret the recordings of the EVP sessions.

MPA @fallasburg
The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) conducts investigation @fallasburg

We divided into three groups, each led by an FHS docent.

My husband Ludek and I were in the group with FHS president Ken Tamke and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) employees. We walked down the Covered Bridge Road lighting our way with flashlights. We briefly paused at the Tower Farm, better known as the Tower House. We could not go inside because of its dilapidated interior. The FHS is currently seeking funds to repair the Tower House.

“Two sisters lived here,” said Tamke. “It was normal at the time.”

Tamke said there have been reports of haunting at the Tower House.

Local resident Addie Tower Abel, who went to the one-room schoolhouse, said there has been a lot of activity.

“I know about the Tower House, I lived there. So, did my son, they saw a lot of activities,” Abel wrote on facebook.

Lie Kotecki of MPA conducted the EVP session inside the 1842 John W. Fallass house. The temperature gauge in the middle of the completely restored living room showed 66.6 F. According to the MPA, the temperature drops when ghosts are present causing cold spots. The ghosts also give out electromagnetic fields.

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Lie Kotecki of Michigan Paranormal Society (MPA) conducts an EVP session inside the John W. Fallass House.

“Drop the temperature if you are inside the house with us,” challenged Lie.

The temperature dropped slightly to 66.2 F.

“Did you live in this house?” she asked. “We have no bad energy.”

The FHS president Ken Tamke explained the historical facts at each paranormal investigative location aka museum building.

“The furniture was built from the lumber out of a sawmill at Fallasburg,” he said. “Orwin Douglas built the Tower House and John Waters built the David Misner House.”

Native Indian collection @fallasburg
Native Indian collection @fallasburg

Back at the schoolhouse, Rosemary Leleiveld reported various ghost encounters.

“I felt a female spirit here,” she said. “Missy or Melissa…..”

But, Tamke said it could have been the ghost of Fallasburg resident Ferris Miller, who had died within the last five years.

“We have modern devices,” said Rosemary, “but we come with respect.”

The next EVP session followed at the Misner House. It is the most completed museum out of the Fallasburg portfolio, according to Tamke.

The MPA members usually turn off the lights for the sessions, although they have done EVP sessions in the middle of the day.

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Michigan Paranormal Alliance members Peggy and Jason Kotecki listen to EVP recording at the Misner House.

“The atmosphere veil becomes thinner,” said Peggy Kotecki, MPA team member. “We use radio frequencies and cameras,” she said.

Jason Kotecki, IT engineer at VanAndel Institute, analyzed the EVP recording at the Misner House and reported about other findings. The MPA team conducted a session in Allegan.

“Have you been to the old Allegan county jail?” Jason asked.

“Not yet,” said Ludek Pala.

“Well, we heard a giggle there,” he said.

Peggy, a nurse at Spectrum, said that sometimes she questions her sanity.

“It’s mostly a boring thing to do,” she said. “We do a lot of recordings and a lot of listening. But, you go for the whole package and you relive it.”

During the EVP session, Peggy asked questions:

“What is your name? Did you live here? Did you have children? Did they go to the schoolhouse down the road?”

The MPA does not solicit business and the paranormal alliance does not charge for their investigations.

“The purpose of the investigation is two-fold,” Rosemary Leleiveld said. “We do ghost hunting and we have ghost hunting equipment at each location. You do a ghost walk and learn more of a history of a location. The architecture draws me in.”

For more info on Fallasburg go to www.fallasburg.org

For more info on MPA go to: www.m-p-a.org

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge

Calvin College history intern helps FHS computerize artifacts

Fallasburg village & covered bridge intrigue Calvin College history intern

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- It was the famous Fallasburg Covered Bridge wooden span over the Flat River, that enticed former Calvin College student Katelyn Bosch to the Fallasburg historical village.

Bosch started the internship offered jointly by the Fallasburg Historical Society and the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM) in February.

The Misner House
History intern Katelyn Bosch helped organize FHS artifacts.

She got hands-on experience under the mentorship of LAHM director Lisa Plank and FHS president Ken Tamke.

“The FHS was looking to get their collections organized and preserved,” she said.

Bosch sorted through photos printed on tin photographs aka lithographs.

Bosch especially enjoyed pictures from the area Women’s Clubs, as well as poems from John W. Fallas.

“I helped with organizing of the artifacts so the historical society can effectively manage the collection,” she said.

Bosch mainly worked on artifacts from the Misner House, approximately 170 artifacts. However, there are three times as many left, according to Bosch.

The digitalized collection includes pictures of documents and people connected to the Misner House. An online project under the auspices of the LAHM will make the collections of the area historical museums accessible to the public at large in the near future.

Fallasburg one-room school.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

“The goals of the internship were to begin the process of computerizing and organizing the Fallasburg collection while introducing Katelyn to museum collection management methods,” said Plank.

Bosch concentrated on two-dimensional artifacts including photographs, letter and documents.

“Katelyn’s work forms the foundation of the ongoing process of organizing the society’s collection,” Plank said. “In the future, it will be available to the public.”

Tamke said that the digital capturing and cataloguing of the FHS pictures, documents and artifacts is extremely important.

“It will give access, when “The Past Online” goes live, to scholars, history buffs, genealogists and schoolchildren alike,” said Tamke. “It may help us identify pictures without names and fill in some blanks of our history.”

The FHS is proud to be on the ground floor of “The Past Online” website which has been specifically developed for the Lowell museum by Jeff Ostrander.

“Our intern Katelyn Bosch from Calvin College has been wonderful to work with,” said Tamke. “She has helped me to understand and become proficient with the data entry tasks she has undertaken with our accession pieces.”

The FHS wishes Bosch the best in her post-graduate studies in University of West Virginia’s Public Administration program.

“It also cannot be understated, the importance of this collaboration with Lisa Plank and the Lowell Museum,” said Tamke. “Lisa has shared her knowledge with Katelyn Bosch, making her internship of great value in the world of small museum management.”

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar to be held on Sept. 17 & Sept.18 at the Fallasburg village.

 

To be continued……Finding history online

 

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