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April 19, 2011 > Voices from the Past

Voices from the Past

A haunting experience at two of Hayward's historic houses

Submitted By the Hayward Area Historical Society

Are you curious about things that go "bump" in the night or have you ever tried ghost-hunting on your own? The Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) and American Paranormal Research Association (APRA) are providing the opportunity for brave investigators to hunt the paranormal at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House in Hayward.

The event, Voices from the Past, takes place on two separate nights, May 13 at Meek Mansion and May 14 at McConaghy House, from 7 pm to 3:30 am. Participants can sign up for one or both nights.

Tickets are $75 per night or $100 for both nights. Each evening includes a presentation by APRA on recent findings at the houses, information about evidence collection and review and participation in an investigation inside one of the houses.

This is the third year the paranormal investigations have been offered at the historic houses. HAHS Collections Manager Heather Farquhar was the first to suggest hosting overnight paranormal events.

Farquhar says, "We're often asked the question, 'Are the houses haunted?'".

Ghost-hunting at the houses has turned into a fun and popular program and the paranormally inquisitive have already started signing up for this year's event. HAHS hosts the events as a fundraiser, with proceeds going towards care of both properties.

The program also raises awareness of the community's architectural treasures and draws the interest of new audiences. So far, outreach has been successful, especially with a young and active crowd looking forward to the fun, all-night program.

The members of APRA, who have partnered with HAHS since the first paranormal event, are both scientific and skeptical about their findings. However, their analysis of evidence they have so far collected points to possible paranormal activity. It is that tantalizing possibility of finding further evidence or experiencing the paranormal firsthand that keeps visitors coming back.

Meek Mansion is located at 17365 Boston Road, Hayward, and McConaghy House is located at 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward.

Space for Voices from the Past is limited and advance reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot, call (510) 581-0223 and ask for Heather Farquhar or send an email to heather@haywardareahistory.org.

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