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Get a thrill at Phippen Museum talk on Prescott’s supernatural incidents
Event scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday

Along with Prescott’s designation as capital of the Arizona Territory in 1864, came a proliferation of rich history and an equally dramatic heritage of supernatural occurrences and manifestations.

To shed light on these eerie events, the Phippen Museum will present an excursion through Prescott’s haunted sites led by local authors and historians, Parker Anderson and Darlene Wilson, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Phippen Museum, 4701 Highway 89, at the roundabout.

Many visitors to the area’s local landmarks have reported strange chills in the Palace Restaurant, taps on the shoulder at the Smoki Museum, and lingering spirits at famed hotels like the Hotel Vendome and the Hassayampa Inn. Parker and Wilson will talk about other incidents at downtown theaters, the Elks Opera House and the Prescott Center for the Arts.

“Everyone loves a good ghost story, and this presentation will provide a collection of scary tales to entertain and amaze members and guests, including the secrets of Prescott’s cemeteries and the truth about the courthouse plaza hangings,” said Edd Kellerman, Phippen executive director.

The event is free for museum members and included in the general admission price for guests. Seating is limited for these heritage programs, so get there early.

Kellerman recommends also viewing the museum’s current exhibition, Desert Horizons, featuring the stunning panoramas and vibrant vistas of the American Southwest’s most desolate landscapes.

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