Just a follow up to the Dana Thomas House's Ghost Stories. The second night was just as much fun as the first
I was back in Cousin Flora's room, which for me was still very comfortable. I guess she approved of the stories, which rotated between, "Tam Lin," "The Hitchhiker," and "The Organ Master." I will admit that with the flow of the crowds it was more workable to settle to short tales that would fit in after I told a little about Flora Lawrence, and the lay out of the rooms. And once the crowds began it was steady till about 8:10, when the attendees were gently herded out.
(With a hint of Story Musing.)
Tonight was the first night of "Ghost Stories at the Dana Thomas House" (http://www.dana-thomas.org/), and it was a grand night.
I'm hoping I can get a walk through and hear some of the stories in the other rooms, since the docents, and Mike Anderson, are telling stories that have actually occurred at the house. I have heard snippets, and those are indeed intriguing as it seems to be a very active house.
Nor is this surprising since Susan Lawrence was a serious student of Spiritualism, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritualism), and hosted seances at her home. She also a student of other faiths, such as: Theophists (spiritualists), Bahais, and adherents of the Unity church. And to reflect this she called her home, "The Lawrence Center for Constructive Thought."
I was allowed to perform my storytelling in Cousin Flora Lawrence's room, which is very rarely opened to the public. Flora Lawrence was dependent of Susan's father, since he was Flora's only male relative. When Susan had Frank Lloyd Wright redesign her home into what became one of his masterpieces she made sure that both Flora, and Susan's mother, had comfortable rooms. Flora had sitting room, a private balcony, a private bath, and her own room. And from what I heard this evening from the docents they have learned that she was not only a lovely woman, but a well-read one, and one whose opinion was much sought.
She predeceased Susan, who had cared for her during her long illness, and some of the docents think that Flora has remained at the house.
As for myself, I (so far!) passed a pleasant evening up in her room. The visitors came up to the room, and not only asked after its history, but stayed for a tale. The only "odd" moment was when two ladies entered, and suddenly the temperature in a very warm room dropped. But only while they were there.
So that was the first eve, and I would heartily recommend that folks take advantage of the tour tomorrow eve!
I am a Springfield, IL based storyteller with a fascination for how folklore travels, and for history.