17 Feb 2012
Paranormal Team Investigates Inside Waterloo Museum
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
WATERLOO, Iowa - Do you believe in ghosts and the paranormal?
Paranormal investigators are going to see what they can find at one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County. Friday afternoon, Grout Museum District employees will welcome the Calhoun County Paranormal Investigators to take a look around the Rensselaer Russell House Museum.
They’ll get to work on a full-blown investigation, looking for signs of spirits inside the old house.
The team conducted an initial tour of the home prior to the investigation. They believe a handful of spirits could be inside.
Three generations of the same family lived in the old house, built in 1861.
Many are certain one of the family’s little girls is still lingering around. Genevieve was the daughter of Rensselaer and Caroline Russell, who built the home. In the early 1860s, she tragically drowned in a cistern two months before her sixth birthday.
“It was covered in boards and she was walking across those boards, the boards broke and she fell into the water and drowned. It was fall time so she had on a heavy coat and back then she had layers underneath her skirt,” said Grout Museum District’s Director of Historical Programming Annette Freeseman.
Throughout the years, many say they’ve seen some interesting things happen in and around the home. People have reported everything from hearing footsteps to doors mysteriously closing. One man also claims he saw a face through a window when no one was inside.
The investigators will use scientific tools and their own feelings to determine if any spirits haunt the house. The museum will allow the pair to stay overnight at the Rensselaer Russell House Museum to get all of the information they need.