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The Fox Sisters and Modern Spiritualism

October 2, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

This autumn our lecture series takes a disturbing tack with the theme “After Dark.” Our presenters will focus on the unmentionable, the unexplainable and even creepy topics.

Tracy Murphy, curator and custodian of the Fox Sisters Hydesville Memorial Park in Wayne County, will present “The Fox Sisters and Modern Spiritualism.” In the winter of 1848, the Fox family began to hear mysterious rappings in the Hydesville house they had recently moved into. Maggie, 15, and Kate Fox, 11, began to communicate with the source of the sounds, thought to be the ghost of a murdered peddler. They went on to perform séances around the country, became 19th-century celebrities, and brought about a new religion in spiritualism. Ms. Murphy will share their story and its connection to modern spiritualist beliefs.

The Geneva Historical Society Lecture Series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams Fund for Programs in the Humanities and KeyBank Foundation.  For more information about this program or the lecture series call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit

The Geneva History Museum is located at 543 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parking is available on the street or in the lot at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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