It was a dark and stormy night when Adrian Lee, paranormal investigator, arrived at the Redwood County Museum to do a presentation for the local community Aug. 25.
Actually, it was a fairly pleasant afternoon as he set up for the event at the museum, though its fairly remote location and exterior style certainly gives it the appearance of a haunted locale – and Lee believes it really is.
Lee spoke to a packed house at the Redwood County Historical Society sponsored event.
“I think most of Redwood Falls were at the talk,” Lee said. “It was literally standing room only, and I had to turn 50 people away at the door.”
Lee is the founder of the International Paranormal Soci-ety. He contacted Patricia Lubeck at the museum earlier this year.
Lee was interested in paranormal activity in southwest Minnesota and asked for a joint project. If the historical society would grant him access to the properties he wanted to investigate for his new publication, he would present his findings for no charge at an event hosted by the historical society which could charge admission as a fundraiser.
Further, the publication, a sort of haunted road map and tour guide for the curious, would bring additional travelers through the community where they might spend their money. This past Thursday’s presentation was Lee following up on his end of the venture and was a complete donation of his time to the historical society.
In addition to the museum site, Lee and his team also spent time investigating the courthouse, an old hotel, the Redwood Theater and several other locations.
Some of the equipment Lee and his team use to capture evidence of ghosts, or “entities,” include infrared cameras, thermal imaging devices and electromagnetic recording devices which can record changes in the energy fields, temperature shifts and shadow figures. They also use audio devices which amplify and record voices and sounds beyond the spectrum of human detection.
“Without a doubt, the poor farm is the most haunted place in Redwood County,” he said of the building and grounds which is now the museum. “Just by the sheer law of averages for the number of people who passed through here, and given the history of the building which used to be a workhouse, this is it. Before welfare programs people would be put into these farms where they would work in exchange for food and shelter until they got back on their feet.”
Lee is a historian, but his team of investigators includes people ranging from psychics to theologians; one of his local stories includes the sad tale of a traveler who was beaten and robbed before winding up at the poor farm until he could get back on his feet.
Lee says nearly every person at the event raised their hand to indicate they were believers in paranormal activity.
“Many of those in attendance were school-aged… they may be drawn by interest in the paranormal, but they learn about local history in the process,” said Lee.
Regardless of people’s skepticism or faith, renewed vigor for local history is a healthy outcome.
Because of the large number of guests who had to be turned away and the overwhelming popularity of his program, Lee agreed to book a second date and come back to give his presentation a second time one week after. The repeat event will be tonight at 7 p.m. in the old museum. Admission is $5 per person and proceeds benefit the historical society.
More information about Lee and his team can be found on his Web site, along with books he has published which are available for purchase. His Web site address is www.intparanormal.net.