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Third Thursday: The Devil's Cabinet

Third Thursday Lecture Series

The Devil's Cabinet: The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums with Jason Smiley

During the mid to late 1800's the Eddy family of Chittenden, Vermont (Rutland County) became world-renowned as spirit mediums with the alleged ability of generating full-bodied spirit manifestations or "materializations" of the departed.

The presentation is about the Eddy family of Chittenden, Vermont (Rutland County). During the mid to late 1800's they became world-renowned as spirit mediums with the alleged ability of generating full-bodied spirit manifestations or "materializations" of the departed. People traveled from all over the world to Chittenden to witness these phenomena for themselves. Some came with the hope of seeing and speaking to their own departed family members. Others came as skeptics, hoping to debunk the family's alleged powers as "humbug". By 1874, the family was so well-known that Chittenden started being referred to as "Spirit Vale". To this day, there are many who believe that the family had genuine supernatural abilities. The family and the story has ties to P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Queen Victoria, and President Lincoln.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont. This talk will take place in Waterman Lounge (Waterman Building) on the UVM Campus in Burlington. 

Directions to Waterman Lounge on the UVM Campus

map of UVM campus at Waterman buildingApproach the UVM campus from Main Street in Burlington. Turn onto South Prospect Street (right if coming from the highway/downhill; left if coming from downtown/uphill). Take your first left onto College Street, and then another immediate left to enter a parking lot with visitor parking available.

Please note: you will need the Parkmobile app in order to park on the UVM campus. To learn more about Parkmobile, please visit UVM’s website: https://www.uvm.edu/transportation/parkmobile-frequently-asked-questions

The Waterman Building itself is on South Prospect Street. Enter the center of the building from South Prospect Street, and proceed directly ahead. The Waterman Lounge is straight ahead through a set of double doors (you will pass an information desk on your right just before you get to the doors).

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