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Hall of Ghosts and Spiritualism

Modern spiritualism-- the belief in communication with the dead (often through persons known as "mediums")-- began at Hydesville, NY in 1848. Two sisters, Maggie and Katie Fox, pretended to receive rapping messages from ghostly entities. Years later they confessed that it was all a trick, but spiritualism had long since begun to flourish as a popular belief.

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digitized 2014 by Amanda Shepp, MLS