During the evening of April 23, the members of Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia hosted an investigation for 20+ members of the museum staff and public to spend the early hours of the evening investigating this historic and haunted building using all of our equipment. During these events members of P.I.N.S. are there to provide information and guidance on using the equipment. We have investigated the museum for three years now, and always record evidence when we are here, which is one reason why it is such an excellent choice for events.
Our team arrived at the museum at 6:30 PM and began to set up our equipment as well as chairs for guests to sit at during the orientation portion of the event. The guests began arriving shortly before 7:00 PM, and were greeted at the door by members of P.I.N.S. as well as staff members at the museum.
Once all of our members had arrived, the curator of the museum as well as another long time employee of the museum went into detail about the buildings history as well as the paranormal history attached to the museum. This is a building that has had ghost stories circulating about it for decades, from employees of the Historeum to members of the community and town. Following Margaret's speech, I went into a little detail on the experiences and evidence that our group has experienced and recorded over the last three years. We are constantly recording the same names as well as voices during each visit here. We also hear and record the sound of young children laughing and playing in the basement each time we investigate the museum.
The activity is generally always in the same areas of the building. For the most part the active areas are the top floor as well as the archives section, and one area of the basement always seems to have activity happening in it. Over the years I have been told many stories by community members and members of Haunted Nova Scotia that they have seen shadows moving in the basement at night when they were walking by on the sidewalk. Some people have also told me that they have seen figures standing in the basement, appearing to look out at them.
One area of the basement is especially creepy when you walk into it for the first time, as it has mannequins as well as spare body parts for mannequins in boxes along each wall. When my group was in the basement investigating I walked towards this room while recording video on a full spectrum camcorder. While I was in the room I heard rustling and shifting noises, and so did another member of the event. Later that evening the group that was investigating with Heather and Amanda saw movement in that room, and also heard the sound of children laughing. In the video below there is a sample of the mannequin room to give you an idea of why it is a little creepy at that end of the basement.
During this event the same names were recorded that we have gotten on our audio and video feeds in the past. Two of the male names are Michael and Bob, and they are for the most part recorded in the archives section of the building. The archives room is quite small and has an amazing collection of the history of Colchester county as well as one of the well known ghost stories attached to the building. Decades ago a worker was outside the windows of the archives room when he looked up and was startled to see a woman in older period clothing on the other side of the window, staring directly at him. The worker slipped and would have fallen if he wasn't wearing fall prevention equipment. Rushing into the building after climbing down from his work platform he was amazed to see that the window he had seen the figure in was covered over with paper. Even if there was a woman in the room watching him, there was no way that he could have seen her.
Along with children's voices being heard in the basement during this event (and at previous events as well) we also recorded a positive answer indicating that there were the spirits of children in the museum. When we recorded the video listed below we were on the main floor level of the building, which we had never investigated before. We chose to run equipment on this floor during the event because of the major renovations that have taken place over the last six months. Whenever buildings are renovated or major changes have taken place recently we have found that it can stir up paranormal activity. In the video below, after I ask 'are there any children here?' at 0:06 you hear voice from our ITC device say 'yes'.
One of the methods that we use while doing EVP work is to also use trigger objects in the hopes that spirits will recognize the items and move or manipulate them in some way. Often we will be recording video in the hopes of getting any changes on video to share with the public. One common trigger object method is known as light source communication. Investigators will set a flashlight such as a mag light down and ask for spirits to turn it off or turn it on as a yes/no method of answering our questions. Both Darcy's group as well as Bobbie and Ryan's group were successful in using this method to communicate with spirits while at the museum. The video below was recorded by Bobbie and Ryan's group.
Throughout the evening guests also used the K2 meter as a light source communication method to ask simple yes or no type questions. With this meter investigators can ask spirits or spiritual energy to move towards the meter, which will cause the lights on the meter to come on in succession. The two videos below are an example of guests using this method at the museum.
Members of Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia had a great time at the event, and all of the guests that attended told us that they also enjoyed it a great deal and would definitely come back for future events. We are looking forward to hosting events at the Colchester Historeum in the future, especially Halloween events this fall! If you're in the downtown area of Truro, a stop at the museum to admire the renovations and the buildings history is definitely recommended. Let us know if you encounter any of the buildings ghostly inhabitants!