What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past

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What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past

What do they tell us about ourselves, our past?
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia took in its first inmate in 1829. Closed in 1971, it reopened as a museum in 1994. The site is mentioned in Colin Dickey’s book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Dickey says ghosts stories can help us talk about the past and confront difficult issues.
A figure depicts Seabury Tredwell on his deathbed at the Merchant’s House Museum in New York. The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. The deathbed scene is part of a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
An exterior view of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Calif., which is a 161-room mansion.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, by Colin Dickey, explores the meaning of haunted houses not just as places to hear ghost stories but also as places to learn about the past and to come to terms with our own discomfort around certain topics.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia took in its first inmate in 1829. Closed in 1971, it reopened as a museum in 1994. The site is mentioned in Colin Dickey’s book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Dickey says ghosts stories can help us talk about the past and confront difficult issues.
A figure in a mourning dress in the Merchant’s House Museum in New York. The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. The dress is part of a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
The Merchant’s House Museum in New York advertises itself as “Manhattan’s most haunted house.” The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. Currently there is a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
The Merchant’s House Museum is located in an 1832 house in New York where the Tredwell family lived for nearly 100 years. Currently, it is hosting a special exhibition called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.”
Visitors tour the Winchester Mystery House, 161-room mansion in San Jose, Calif.
A view of the Winchester Mystery House from inside the mansion in San Jose, Calif. The site is featured in the book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
Colin Dickey is the author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
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Listen to an interview with Ghostland author Colin Dickey on AP Travel’s podcast “Get Outta Here!”: http://bit.ly/2yvpKwJ.

What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia took in its first inmate in 1829. Closed in 1971, it reopened as a museum in 1994. The site is mentioned in Colin Dickey’s book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Dickey says ghosts stories can help us talk about the past and confront difficult issues.
A figure depicts Seabury Tredwell on his deathbed at the Merchant’s House Museum in New York. The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. The deathbed scene is part of a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
An exterior view of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Calif., which is a 161-room mansion.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, by Colin Dickey, explores the meaning of haunted houses not just as places to hear ghost stories but also as places to learn about the past and to come to terms with our own discomfort around certain topics.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia took in its first inmate in 1829. Closed in 1971, it reopened as a museum in 1994. The site is mentioned in Colin Dickey’s book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Dickey says ghosts stories can help us talk about the past and confront difficult issues.
A figure in a mourning dress in the Merchant’s House Museum in New York. The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. The dress is part of a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
The Merchant’s House Museum in New York advertises itself as “Manhattan’s most haunted house.” The 1832 house was home to the Tredwell family for nearly 100 years, and seven family members died there. Currently there is a special exhibition at the museum called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.” The museum also hosts ghost tours.
The Merchant’s House Museum is located in an 1832 house in New York where the Tredwell family lived for nearly 100 years. Currently, it is hosting a special exhibition called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning.”
Visitors tour the Winchester Mystery House, 161-room mansion in San Jose, Calif.
A view of the Winchester Mystery House from inside the mansion in San Jose, Calif. The site is featured in the book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
Colin Dickey is the author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
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