Alexandra Holzer, the daughter of the late Hans Holzer, often referred to as the “father of the paranormal” will be in Gettysburg, Friday and Saturday to discuss the latest in paranormal research and to lead four paranormal investigations.
Hosted by the International Museum of Spiritual Investigations, headquartered in Gettysburg, the event also feature lectures by Holzer and Daniel Bellay, a research associate with the North Eastern Spirit Society, said Sarah Laird, marketing coordinator for the museum.
Holzer, an author, was recently a guest judge on the Travel Channels Paranormal challenge with Zak Bagans, Laird said. Each investigation is limited to 12 people and will be held in the Baltimore Street, Civil War house, which is home to the museum.
“We normally have a night at the museum investigation where people come in and are instructed in Ghost Hunting 101 techniques,” Laird said. “We give them the history of the building and then we go over the equipment – what it is for, how we use it and some dos and don’ts. After our normal presentation, we will step aside and Alexandra is going to talk about her father’s work and how she investigates.
Holzer will then lead actual investigations and demonstrate the methodology she employs, Laird said. Following her mother’s example, Holzer has two degrees in fine arts and advertising design For a number of years, she worked as a designer for both small and large travel ad agencies. In 1999, she left her graphic design with a conference publishing company and began her own business, AHG Design.
Holzer appeared wither her father on New Wave Entertainment’s 25th Anniversary DVD for Poltergeist and on Katco Mediafs Film Shattered Hopes: The True Story of the Amityville Murders. She has appeared on more than 100 radio shows and was a co-host on a CBS Powered Para-X Radio show. Her book, Growing up Haunted, has been optioned for film. A television series entitled My Haunted Life is currently seeking a network home.
“How she came to us is an interesting story,” Laird said. “In the museum we have the Hall of the Afterlife, where we hung pictures of deceased people who were important in the paranormal field – and her father’s picture is one of them. Someone, who we don’t know, took a picture of the one in the museum and posted it on Facebook and tagged Alexandra Holzer. She contacted us and said she wished to work with us.”
Holzer will lead investigations Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m., then again from 11 p.m., to 3 a.m.; on Saturday. Tickets are $60. The late night Saturday investigation is sold out. Also on Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 a.m., meet and greet sessions with Holzer are scheduled, Laird said.
The museum, a non-profit organization, was founded in August 2009, by Jonathan Williams, his cousin, Chris Williams and wife Brandy Williams. They have been involved in paranormal investigations since 1997. They have conducted investigations at East State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, and as far away as Mount Osorie, Osorizan, Japan, Laird said. The museum opened its door in March of 2010.
For more information on Holzer, visit www.hauntingholzer.com; for information on the museum, visit www.mesuemofspirits.com or call the museum at 717-398-2026.