Lily Dale to host Spiritualist History & Symposium

LILY DALE — Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26 at the Assembly Hall in Lily Dale, The Science of Things Spiritual will present special lectures by Paul Gaunt and presentations by noted spiritual scholars.

On Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m., Paul Gaunt, Curator of Britten Museum and Library, Arthur Findlay College, and Editor of Pioneer will present historical information about the fateful night the Fox Sisters heard the rapping that started Modern Spiritualism. At 2:00 he will describe the unbelievable story of Helen Duncan, a full-blown materialization medium who was imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act of 1735. Individual lectures are $30 each and both are $55.

On Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. the following one-hour lectures will be presented:

¯ 9 a.m. — Making the Invisible Real: Shamanism in Northeast Asiaby Richard Noll, Ph.D. DeSales University.

¯ 10 a.m. — Spiritualism, the Science of Crime and Early Forensics by Cathy Guiterrez, Ph.D., Adelphi University.

¯ 11 a.m. Octagon Houses and Ideal Formby Jesse Bransford Associate Professor, New York University.

¯ 2 p.m. “Transporte!” Espiritismo, Spiritualism, and Latin Americaby Jason Baumann, New York Public Library and Pratt Institute.

¯ 3 p.m. Inside SORRAT: The True Story of America’s Most Active Physical Mediumship Group, 1961-2015 by James McClenon, Ph.D., Author of The Entity Letters.

¯ 4 p.m. Investigating the Supernatural: Scientific Quests to Colonize Hysterical Women and Psychic Mediums by Asti Hustvedt, Ph.D., author of Medical Muses.

¯ 5 p.m. Postmodernism, Spiritualism, and the Paranormal by George P. Hansen, author of The Trickster and the Paranormal.

The full day Friday is $75 with a reception to follow at 12 Third Street in Lily Dale.

For further details go to www.lilydaleassembly.com.