Paranormal Investigations, the Scientific Way-

     Do ghosts really exist? Sunday, October 9 is a chance to find out as the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County presents “Pursuing Paranormal, the Scientific Way” to be held at 2 p.m. at The Center, 714 South Main Street in Council Bluffs.  Angie Oehler, of the paranormal investigative group August Night Paranormal, will explain how such anomalies can be studied objectively and share some scientific evidence her group has gathered. The Historical Society owns the 1885 "Squirrel Cage" jail which attracts dozens of paranormal investigators from across the country to study its unworldly phenomena.

     Ms. Oehler has explored paranormal locations throughout the United States and Europe over the past twenty-five years; she is a United States Air Force veteran where she worked in military intelligence.  She holds a Master’s degree in History and Cyber Security as well as Information System’s Management.  Ms. Oehler is a member of the Historical Society and has served as vice-president.

     There is no admission charge and Society members are encouraged to bring guests.


Halloween Flashlight Tours of the "Squirrel Cage" Jail-


     For four nights only, October 28-31, the Historical Society will be offering guided flashlight tours of the historical "Squirrel Cage" jail from 6 to 10 p.m.  Admission is $10 per person at the door and $7 if tickets are purchased in advance; members are admitted at the door for $7.  Tours will start every hour on the hour, with the last tour starting at 9 p.m.  Tours will include a history of the jail with some ghost stories; flashlights will be provided.

     Tour size will be limited, so if this is something you want to do purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

     For more information or to purchase tickets call the Historical Society at (712) 323-2509.


The Bregant House and Woodward Candy Factory-

     Jean and Inez Bregant, who were respectively 45 and 42 inches tall, worked as sales and promotional representatives for the nationally-popular Woodward Candy factory.  They had a house built for them at 517 4th Street that was "just their size," with furnishings and construction at heights and dimensions comfortable for them. The house still stands, and is being restored by Preserve Council Bluffs.  Patricia Murphy, president of Preserve Council Bluffs, will tell the fascinating tale of the Bregants, their custom home, and the Woodward Candy Factory November 20, 2 pm at The Center, 714 S. Main Street in Council Bluffs.

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"Squirrel Cage" Wins "Readers' Choice" Award-

     One again this year the Society's 1885 rotary cell museum, the former Pottawattamie County Jail, has been selected as one of the top local museums by readers of The Daily Nonpareil.  If you have not seen this unique attraction, or if it has been awhile since your last visit, stop by for a tour!  The museum is open for walk-in tours through October 31.  Click hear for hours and admission information.