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The Carthage Press
  • Thrilling year for Paranormal Science Lab

  • While embracing local history, a group that investigates the local unknown is having a thrilling year.
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  • While embracing local history, a group that investigates the local unknown is having a thrilling year.
    More Tours
    The Paranormal Science Lab (PSL), which operates Haunted History Tours at the Kendrick House year-round, has added other local sites for investigating things that go bump in the night. On the tours, PSL leaders share a deep appreciation for the history-rich sites as well. One of the newest sites is McBride's Antiques on the Carthage Square – formally and historically known as The Opera House. Owner and operator of the local business, Keith McBride, said he loves the idea of bringing positive attention to the Square.
    "I'm into the history," McBride said. "That's why I got into this business."
    National Television
    On Monday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. (Central Time) the Bio Channel will air an episode on the Kendrick House for "My Haunted Story Caught on Camera."
    Also, the Ghost Lab with the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary in June on the Bordello in Galena, Kan. The project is hoped to become a DVD series in September.
    On top of that: McBride and PSL leader Lisa Martin joined forces to co-write a storyline for "Haunted Flea Market" and have had three companies express interest for television: MPPT Productions, Ping Pong Productions and Smoking Careers.
    "It takes people through the whole Square in a positive atmosphere, showing people the architecture and history of the Carthage Square and the Kendrick House," McBride said. "It's not just about McBride's Antiques, it's about Carthage. I've been here for four years, and I wouldn't have made it without the local support. This is about gaining some national attention for Carthage. Why not? We have the perfect Square."
    For historical facts, McBride and Martin had the help of the Powers Museum, Carthage Public Library, The Carthage Press (one dating 1879) and Sue Vandergriff, who McBride said was instrumental in gaining the knowledge.
    "This was a community effort in getting information," McBride said.
    More Books
    Martin has been writing – a lot.
    In June 2011, Martin published "Civil War Ghost Stories of Southwest Missouri." In September 2011, "Haunted Joplin," in April 2013 "Missouri's Wicked Route 66," and this coming September another book will be published with a focus on Carthage.
    "And more are to come," Martin said with a smile.
    Much like the Haunted History Tours, the books take readers on ghostly stories fused with local history. Martin says she hopes her work with PSL will bring excited audiences to local scenes to help preserve history.
    "PSL works to restore Kendrick House, pay expenses and we're also investigating the unknown," Martin said, "and through the course of this maybe we can find some compelling evidence."
    Page 2 of 2 - To book a tour, with a group or privately, or inquire about a personal investigation, contact PSL through Facebook or Martin at 417-622-8997.
    Haunted History Tours Schedule
    Aug 16: HHT Olivia Apartments, West 4th St., Joplin

    Aug 17: HHT Opera House, Carthage Square
    Aug 24: HHT Kendrick House, V Hwy and N. Garrison, Carthage
    Sept7: HHT Opera House, Carthage Square
    Sept 20: HHT Olivia Apartments, West 4th St., Joplin
    Sept 21: HHT Kendrick House, V Hwy and N. Garrison, Carthage
    Oct 11: HHT Kendrick House, V Hwy and N. Garrison, Carthage
    Oct 12: HHT Olivia Apartments, West 4th St., Joplin
    Oct 18: HHT Kendrick House, V Hwy and N. Garrison, Carthage
    Oct 19: HHT Opera House, Carthage Square
    Oct 25: HHT Opera House, Carthage Square
    Oct 26: HHT Kendrick House, V Hwy and N. Garrison, Carthage
    Nov 1: HHT Olivia Apartments, West 4th St., Joplin

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