Macabre Moments, Magic & Mysticism

Fallon promises a morning filled with fascinating and funny facts and foibles, that include at least two grave sites in New Jersey, those of Grover Cleveland in Princeton and Aaron Burr in Princeton's mansion, even visiting the graves of dead US Presidents will all entice virtual readers who enjoy the dread and spine-tingling stories of eerie objects, strange history, and clairvoyance presented by the Monmouth County Library before All Hallows Eve.

The library program director and staff have gathered together a unique series of speakers and programs to celebrate the season of ghosts, ghouls and graves, all presented virtually and at no charge to all with a computer and registration.

The month of excitement begins Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. when T. J. Fallon, founder of the Dead History Channel, tells some tales and exhibits some photographs of many of the graves of former United States President he has visited, including the sites of Truman, Reagan, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison and more culled from his collection of memories and memorabilia of former Presidents, vice presidents, Declaration of Independence Signers and Constitution signers.


Fallon promises a morning filled with fascinating and funny facts and foibles, that include at least two gravesites in New Jersey, those of Grover Cleveland in Princeton and Aaron Burr in Princeton.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, local author and historian Greg Caggiano will take the stage at 7 p.m. to talk about ghost hunting including equipment and methods used to search for ghosts. Caggiano, a paranormal investigator, will share tales of his own encounters with spirits in more than one historic site. He is currently on the board of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society headquartered at the famed Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands.

The following evening, Thursday, Oct. 21, also at 7 p.m. Medium Phyllis Mitchell will focus on intuition and how to enhance it. Mithell, a noted tarot card reader both in person and virtually, will host a Clair quiz, inciting attendees to learn more about hearing voices, seeing images, recognizing feelings, and even knowing spirits. She’s offering exercises for each attendee to explore his own intuition.

The following week, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Leanna Renee Hieber, whose degree from Miami University is in theater with a focus on the 19th century, will lead a virtual tour through New York‘s Central Park. Focusing on 19th century movements and fascinations that helped create and shape the park. Hieber will show and speak on how Spiritualism and Transcendentalism as well as artists and designers that magic and mysticism a part of Central Park, In addition to being an actress, Hieber is also an author, licensed tour guide in New York, , playwright and ghost tour guide.

Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections for the Monmouth County Historical Association, and a frequent speaker and recognized expert on historical collections and memorabilia, will present Morbid Monmouth as part of the Historically Speaking Virtual Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.


Rogoff invites attendees to join at their own risk for bone-chilling, spine-tingling stories of the most macabre, dreadful and eerie objects in the Historical Association’s collections. She’ll discuss the Hook of Death, display wreaths of human hair, even primitive surgical tools from earlier centuries. She’ll invite you to see the museum at night, hear the noises, think about strange coincidences, and learn more about life and dangers in life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Registration is required for attendance at each of the programs, and must be completed individually for each one no later than the day before the scheduled presentation. E-mail instructions for accessing the individual program will be e-mailed hours before the scheduled start. In all cases, children are also invited to attend; however, Rogoff strongly recommends children must be at least 14 years of age to attend the Oct. 28 Morbid Moments program.

Registration and further information on each of these programs, and many more offered by the Monmouth County Library are available on their website, www.MonmouthCountyLib.org. under the Upcoming Events program.

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