Guest speaker - Stuart Lehman
Attendance - 30
Stuart Lehman works for the New York State Office of General Services in the role of Curatorial/Tour services. Stuart was our wonderful tour guide for the Haunted Capital Tour that we took in 2007. He will be leading our group for the Capital Hauntings tour again for two evenings coming in October 2009. Stuart possesses extensive knowledge of local history and many local spots with reported paranormal activity.
Stuart began his lecture by explaining to the audience how important historical research is and its relation to paranormal investigations. Many people hear haunted stories about a particular area or building...but are they built on fact or are they just legend? Stuart explained how through historical research we are able to identify people and events with these stories. Sometimes we may find that the characters in the stories that we have heard are not those who are related to the stories that are told. It is even possible to take the story being told of hauntings, research the history and actual events and those involved, and actually find actual documentation of a horrific event that was related to a different person than those who the haunting is believe to be.
The locations that Stuart discussed:
- Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater NY
- The Schuyler House, Schuylerville, NY
- The Old Byan Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY
- The Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston, NY
- Lindenwald (Martin Van Buren National Historic Site) Kinderhook, NY
- Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY
- Herkimer Home State Historic Site, Little Falls, NY
- Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site, Oriskany, NY
- Fort Herkimer Church, East Herkimer, NY
- Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Johnstown NY
- Beardsley Castle, Little Falls, NY
- Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego NY
- Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Ticonderoga, NY
- Historic Cherry Hill, Albany, NY
- Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Albany, NY
- NYS Capitol Building, Albany, NY
Stuart’s extensive knowledge of these locatons are enhanced with the fact that he has worked at many of these locations. Saratoga National Historical Park, The Schuyler House, The Senate House State Historic Site, Herkimer Home State Historic Site, and the NYS Capitol Building, Albany
APRS would like to thank Stuart for his generosity of his time and extensive knowledge that he has shared towards our purpose of educating the public. Also a big thanks to all those who attended.