KU Libraries are pleased to host a book talk featuring staff member and author, Paul Thomas, who will discuss his book, Haunted Lawrence. The event will take place on October 31 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Watson Library, third floor West.
Founded in 1854 as an abolitionist outpost, Lawrence is a seemingly unassuming college town with a long history of hauntings. Included in Thomas’s book are details of many famous hauntings, including the story of a ghostly guest that never checked out of the Eldridge Hotel’s mysterious room 506, the devilish “legend” of Stull Cemetery, the haunting of the Sigma Nu fraternity house and more.
“I quickly found that I really enjoyed researching the history behind ghost stories, perhaps because there is an inherent allure in researching the unknown or the mysterious,” said Thomas.
Ever since he was a child, Thomas was interested in the folklore of the Sunflower State and, in particular, the haunted history of northeastern Kansas. Thomas developed the idea for this book while pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas.
“I consider myself more of a historian than a ghost chaser, but I won't lie, there's something quite exhilarating about trying to verify or falsify a good ghost story, and discovering that some aspects of the story just can't be explained away so easily,” said Thomas. “I think that aspect is what has kept me going.”
Thomas was born in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended KU and the University of Chicago. Thomas has been with KU Libraries as a library specialist since 2016. He lives with his wife, Trina, in Overland Park, Kansas.
This event is free and open to all who are interested.