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Museum’s Buried History series has a ghostly ending

The Buried History series by the Harbor History Museum was a resounding success in its first year.

The Wicked Cure capped off a four-event run of the Buried History series at the museum. Education coordinator Elizabeth Langford said that, overall, the four-part series went “exceptionally well.”

Every presentation from May to October sold out. Including volunteers, the Buried History series had about 300 attendees, Langford said.

The series covered historical aspects of Gig Harbor including at-sea superstitions, the resting places of town founders, the oyster farms of Burley Lagoon and the creepy story of Olalla’s most infamous resident.

Attendance numbers are:

▪  Superstitions at Sea: 60.

▪ The Spirit of the Harbor: 60.

▪  Harvesting Memories: 75.

▪  The Wicked Cure: 92.

The series finale was the largest by far, with people turning out to hear author Gregg Olson and Washington State Paranormal Investigations and Research talk about Doctor Linda Burfield Hazzard and her Olalla sanitarium known by locals as Starvation Heights.

“It added the creepy element and it was close to the holiday,” Langford said.

Olson documented Hazzard’s controversial fasting treatment popular in the 1910s. Darren Thompson shared the results of WSPIR’s investigations of the property. Psychics and other paranormal research determines that Hazzard still “lives” on the property. Thompson shared Electronic Voice Phenomenons (EVP) taken at the the property.

Voice recordings picked up “We talking about me?” and “help us,” while on the property, according to Thompson’s investigations.

The house has since been demolished; WSPIR last investigated in 2008.

The spooky story covered a story told in Olson’s bestselling book “Starvation Heights.” Olson tells the story of a pair of twins, wealthy heiresses, that visited Hazzard. One died and one lived to tell a shocking tale of willful starvation.

The plan is to, possibly, continue the Buried History series. Langford said she’ll likely begin research early next year.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155