On Oct. 28, University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni and author Chad Lewis will visit the Menomonie Public Library to present on a ghostly journey through some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. “It covers the entire state of Wisconsin from a blood dripping cemetery in Appleton, a haunted B&B in Milwaukee, phantom creatures prowling the woods to back road creatures. No place in Wisconsin is without its own haunting,” said Lewis.
Lewis is a researcher, lecturer and author on topics of the strange and unusual. He blames his interest in the paranormal on his home state of Wisconsin. “Not only do we have the UFO capital of the world here, we have three of them. I grew up in Eau Claire and heard about people in Elmwood seeing UFOs, so while in high school I traveled to Elmwood and interviewed those who spotted something unknown,” said Lewis. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to study psychology. At UW-Stout, Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 and his master’s degree in 2002.
Lewis knew of some reported local haunted buildings. “There are several articles on the JTC dorms from my time at Stout along with the Wilson House,” said Lewis. McKenzie Pizl, a senior at UW-Stout, also claims to have experienced a paranormal sighting at The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. “Me and my friends were there really late once helping another friend grab his equipment and there were noises coming from everywhere like chairs opening and closing, and we definitely saw shadows and people sitting in the chairs. No one else was in there but us. It’s definitely haunted,” said Pizl. Pizl and her friends have also experienced paranormal events at other places nearby including Caryville, a town southeast of Menomonie. “There’s a place called the 70s house over by Spooner, however that is a place that doesn’t show up literally anywhere when you look it up. It’s basically nonexistent online.”
Lewis learns about potential paranormal events through other people and research. “On average, I receive over 200 emails a week about the paranormal. Also, on every program I do, people tell me about places I have never heard of. Plus, I spend a lot of time digging up old newspaper archives, talking with historical societies and interviewing people,” said Lewis.
The presentation starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Menomonie Public Library and is complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore and directions. “This unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story,” said Lewis.