Connecticut in the Golden Age of Spiritualism

Connecticut in the Golden Age of Spiritualism

by Elaine M. Kuzmeskus


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In the aftermath of the Civil War, distraught Connecticut residents turned to Spiritualism as a means of connecting with their lost loved ones. Daniel Dunglas Home of New London held his first public séance as a teenager in 1851, and he reportedly levitated and handled hot coals without injury. Famous Litchfield native Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband, Calvin, were believers, and Harriet's sister Isabella Beecher Hooker practiced mediumship. After the death of their son Willie, President Abraham Lincoln and the first lady invited Hartford medium Nettie Colburn Maynard to conduct secret séances at the White House. Even today, believers congregate at the Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp. Author Elaine Kuzmeskus investigates this dramatic, mystical history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467118415
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elaine Kuzmeskus, M.S., director of the New England School of Metaphysics, is the author of seven books on the occult, including Connecticut Ghosts, The Art of Mediumship and The Medium Who Baffled Houdini. Recently, she was featured on Better Connecticut and the PBS special Things That Go Bump in the Night. During the last twenty years, she has been a presenter at the Learning Annex in New York City, Lily Dale Assembly and colleges throughout New England. She is also a nationally recognized spiritualist medium. In 1997, she was selected to conduct the Official Houdini Séance. Elaine enjoys hearing from readers, so feel free to contact her on her website

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: Connecticut Mediums 11

1 Influences on Connecticut Spiritualists 15

2 Connecticut in the Golden Age of Spiritualism 20

3 Andrew Jackson Davis in Hartford 27

4 The Stratford Poltergeist 34

5 The Medium Who Levitated 40

6 Remarkable Spiritualist Healings 48

7 Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life 57

8 The White House Medium 63

9 A Tempestuous Spiritualist 70

10 Mrs. Satan Comes to Hartford 79

11 Mark Twain and the Spirits 86

12 Spiritual Manifestations 93

13 Patroness to the Spirits 99

14 Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp 107

Epilogue: Messages from the Spirit World 113

Glossary 119

Notes 121

Bibliography 129

Index 133

About the Author 137

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