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There’s something strange in the neighbourhood, and Linda Horodecki’s gonna tell you all about it.
On Tues., Oct. 27, Horodecki will speak at length about the historic Hamilton House on Henderson Highway, where in the 1920, Dr. Thomas Hamilton conducted a series of psychic studies and experiments that captured imaginations and made headlines around the world.
"It’s a very unique phenomenon in the world," Horodecki, a member of the North East Winnipeg Historical Society and a former employee of the Manitoba Legislative Library, told The Herald. "There may have been other psychic experiments going on, but the scope and the international interest was so extraordinary. The Hamilton family would get letters from all parts of the world, from so many different people."
Making use of the extensive Hamilton family archives at the University of Manitoba, Horodecki has put together an hour-long presentation that looks at the experiments that took place at 185 Henderson following the end of the Second World War, as well as Hamilton’s lesser known community work.
"I don’t want to give away any secrets," Horodecki said, "but I do have a rabbit or two up my sleeve."
Horodecki, a longtime Elmwood resident herself, is hoping that her lecture will help shed light on a piece of local history that she feels is often overlooked.
"It’s always sort of known, it’s kind of in the air, that there were all these psychic experiments going on in the house," she said. "But even though people know about it, I don’t think many people have seen an explanation of it or know some of the details."
Horodecki said that her research, and that of anyone else interested in digging into the Hamilton House history, benefits from the meticulous detail that Hamilton took when conducting his paranormal experiments.
"Hamilton was of course a medical doctor," she explained. "He wanted it to be considered a very legitimate thing and not just theoretical."
Whether or not history buffs buy into the supernatural side of the Hamilton House story — many would argue that the paranormal investigations undertaken at that time are little more than elaborate hoaxes — Horodecki is convinced that the history itself is of value.
"It’s very extraordinary," she said. "In a nutshell, it really caused an international stir by the events that went on in the house."
Horodecki’s presentation on the Hamilton House takes place Tues., Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Henderson Library (1-1050 Henderson Hwy.). Admission is free, and there will be a short period for questions following the lecture. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org