Last October, we posted a short video recapping some of our most "historic" paranormal investigations to date:
I start the video by saying: "Remembering forgotten history, and making an effort to engage with it and understand why it's so necessary to talk about is why what we do is so important."
A year later, this sentiment more than holds up. If anything, it's only been reiterated by recent investigations.
Two of these investigations help me better explain this.
First: the Belding Library outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although it had been professionally investigated and long reported to be "haunted," we went in skeptical (as we always do).
Though we weren't able to disprove any of the claims, the investigation began relatively quietly, without much activity being experienced or documented. That is, until the library employee with us showed us a 100 year old time capsule they recently dug up.
The time capsule was from a century ago, and had period coins, news clippings, and other small objects that belonged to the library's original owner. The capsule was sealed back up again and prepared to enter the ground for another 100 years in just a few days. But, she made an exception, and opened the capsule back up for us.
We were the last people to see these historic artifacts for another 100 years.
Perhaps coincidentally, as soon as we opened the time capsule, activity in the library seemed to spike. We heard two disembodied voices and captured a loud breath on camera.
A year later, our main takeaway from this investigation was not the incredible potentially "paranormal" experiences we had, but the incredible historical significance of seeing and holding this time capsule.
Months later, we investigated the Bay City Masonic Temple, currently slowly being renovated after decades of sitting vacant and abandoned. We visited because of vague, and quite frankly, "urban legend" sounding reports from locals about the building when it sat abandoned.
Nonetheless, we visited and investigated the temple, despite not expecting much from it.
We were wrong.
There were some "paranormal" occurrences we documented, including strange feelings and (again) two instances of disembodied female voices appearing out of nowhere.
But then it went from merely cool to downright memorable.
In the main temple room, the building's owner revealed a hidden passageway underneath the staircase, which hasn't been entered since at least the 1930's.
He gave us the go ahead to explore this passageway, and we found old bible passages and sheet music dating back to the '20s, old playbills, and other small coins and trinkets. To reiterate: we were the first people to see any of these items, or know of their existence, since the 20's and 30's.
Because of both of these investigations, we were able to make historical discoveries that otherwise wouldn't have been documented on camera if it weren't for the ghost stories that drew us to the locations in the first place.
With every view these videos get on our YouTube channel, that's exposing more Michiganders to the otherwise unknown history that's around them.
Whether or not we are indeed communicating with the "ghosts" of these people, at these historic locations, what matters is that in us doing our investigations, their names are known and remembered by us and our viewers.
Their stories are not forgotten.
Why do you investigate the paranormal? Let us know in the comments below!