Everything You Need to Know for Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2021

What the heck is the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference?

MPC was started in 2015 by journalist, author, event organizer, podcast host, and all around weird guy Tea Krulos. The event features investigators and researchers giving talks on paranormal subjects. It’s also a celebration of arts and crafts, music, film, culture, and local businesses.

The conference is sponsored by American Ghost Walks, which offers ghost tours in the Midwest and beyond.

Where is this event?

Sept. 24, 6pm- Paranormal Party @ Faklandia Brewing. This is a free event and you do not need a ticket. It features a Ghost Story Open Mic where you can sign up to tell your story, trivia, and a performance by Sunspot.
Here’s the event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/292416242659939

Sept. 25, 10am-6pm- MPC @ Alverno College. This is a free event, but you do need to register: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/registration/

Sept. 26, Activities Day @ various locations throughout the day. See listing later in this post on which activities are free and which require tickets.

What COVID protocols are in place?

Alverno College’s official policy is that all visitors must wear masks, vaccinated or not. Attendees who do not wear masks will not be allowed into the event. Please work with us and not against us on this.

Where exactly is the conference on the Alverno campus?

Alverno’s Bucyrus Conference facility is located inside the Sister Joel Read Center. The key to getting there is to enter the campus by their entrance on 43rd St next to the big ALVERNO COLLEGE sign. On the map below you can see a red X by the 43rd St entrance, and another red X by a building labelled A. That’s the parking garage. The red dots show the path from the parking garage to the Sister Joel Read Center, where the conference is.

This is what the Sister Joel Read Center looks like. The entrances are in the dome-shaped part of the building.

The rotunda has the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference/ American Ghost Walks tables, a selfie station, and a Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library- Bookseller reading corner. Right next to the rotunda are the vendor floor and speaker room, and directly behind that is the Alumnae Hall, where additional presentations are being conducted.

What food/ drink will be available?

The campus cafeteria is just down the hallway from the conference and is open all day serving food and beverages (including coffee!) and from 2-6pm there will be a bar set up in the rotunda that serves adult beverages and snacks.

Will there be Milwaukee Paranormal Conference merch?

Yeah! We’ll have stickers, buttons, and t-shirts. Buying this merch helps support the event. In addition, we have over 30 fantastic vendors this year. You can see a listing of them here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2021/08/25/you-will-weep-paranormal-tears-of-joy-when-you-see-this-milwaukee-paranormal-conference-vendor-line-up/

Is this event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, no stairs.

If this event is free, why do I have to register? I’m a nihilist.

So we can keep tabs on how many people to expect.
Register here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/registration/

My toaster is haunted. Will someone at the conference be able to help me?


Do you need volunteers?

Yes! Please email: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

What’s the Speaker Schedule?

Bucyrus Room

10AM: Shetan Noir, “The Lake Michigan Triangle”
11AM: Amelia Cotter, “Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn”
Noon: Barnaby from Cryptids, Anomalies, and the Paranormal Society, “A Comparative Study of Bigfoot”
1PM: Tea’s Weird Week Birthday Panel w/ Tea Krulos, Heidi Erickson, Goddess Aida, Hillarie Higgins, J. Nathan Couch, and Donna Lea Wells Fink
2PM: Allison Jornlin, “Milwaukee Poltergeists”
3PM: American Ghost Walks Panel
4PM: Stacy Schuerman, Spiritualist minister and teacher, Morris Pratt Institute

Alumnae Hall

11AM: Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit
Noon: Mike Huberty, “Voyage to Haunchyville,” includes a Haunchyville coloring page sponsored by Studio Moonfall
1PM: Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee
2PM: Jeff from Badgerland Legends, “Finding the Weird in Your World”
3PM: Sam Maranto of Illinois MUFON, “Chi-town Flap”

(online) 8-10pm: Livestream of Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee at the Cedarburg History Museum. Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/paranormalmilwaukee

(online) 10pm – 11pm American Ghost Walks live investigation from Brumder Mansion. Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/americanghostwalks

(online) 11pm- 12am World’s Largest Ghost Hunt Milwaukee Livestream Watch here: https://www.nationalghosthuntingday.com/the-hunt/locations/284-brumder-mansion-b-b

If I call/message/email the day of the conference because I can’t find parking or want to know what the weather forecast is will you answer?


Can I wear a paranormal themed costume to this event?

Yes, please do if you feel inclined.

What is going on Sunday September 26?

Activities Day was visualized as a fun way for people to explore the city and participate in activities. You won’t be able to make all of them, but you are def able to check out several. The list below has information on each activity and ticket info.

10am: Yoga in the Cemetery @ Forest Home Cemetery, $15 (space is limited)
90-minute, includes short tour. Bring your own mat, towel, water.
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5203651
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3011372975808429

Noon: Pop-up Death Cafe @ Grant Park, free event (space is limited). You must email milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com to be put on the list and receive exact meet-up spot.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/167090408864099/

Noon: Ghost Poems poetry event @ Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, hosted by Kavon Cortez Jones, free event (no ticket needed). Sign up to read a poem inspired by the paranormal, ghosts, autumn, Halloween, etc at Noon.

1-6pm: Witches Faire @ Faklandia Brewing. Features workshops, vendors, and special performance by Puerto Wiccan. Free event, no ticket needed. Lineup details here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2021/08/17/the-witches-faire-sunday-sept-26-faklandia-brewing/
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1348145175581690

2pm: Presentation by Gavin Schmitt, author of The Milwaukee Mafia @ Bay View Community Center, free event, no ticket needed.
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/419877809369041/

Learn macabre history and hear about firsthand ghost encounters!

3pm: American Ghost Walks Waukesha tour, tickets: https://americanghostwalks.com/wisconsin/waukesha-ghost-walks/
3pm: American Ghost Walks Bloody Third Ward tour, tickets: https://americanghostwalks.com/wisconsin/milwaukee-ghost-walks/

3pm: Cemetery Art and Symbolism tour, Forest Home Cemetery, $10 (space is limited)
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5203662
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552578672823554

7pm: Lake Michigan Monster screening, Shaker’s Cigar Bar, $10 (pay at door)

Screening of locally made film Lake Michigan Monster, and the short Alien Abduction. Some cast and crew will be there for a Q and A. Screening is at Shaker’s, cigar bar and restaurant and famously haunted.
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293854227715621/

Is this going to be an event where I can meet people with similar interests, learn some fascinating things about the paranormal, check out some great vendors, participate in activities, and have fun?

Hell yeah it is.


MPC at Haunted Central

MPC’s Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin are Appearing at the Haunted Central Festivities this Weekend


Milwaukee Paranormal Conference director (and author of Monster Hunters) Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin of Milwaukee Ghosts-Tours and Investigations (and recipient of the MPC 2016 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award) are both happy to be at Central Library for their “Haunted Central” festivities this weekend. Tea is giving a talk titled “Wisconsin Monster Sightings” and Allison will talk on “Milwaukee’s Most Famous Ghosts.” They’ll each give the same talk twice each day in Central’s Humanities Room, so you’ll have 4 chances to see them. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Oct.22, Humanities Room

6:30-7pm: Tea Krulos

7:15-7:45pm: Allison Jornlin

8-8:30pm: Tea

8:45-9:15pm: Allison

Sunday, Oct.23, Humanities Room

1:30-2pm: Allison

2:15-2:45pm: Tea

3-3:30pm: Allison

3:45-4:15pm:  Tea

There’s lots of other cool stuff going on at Haunted Central including activities, photo booths, crafting, a scream contest, a screening of The Blob, and a lot more. Check out more at: http://www.mpl.org/special_events_and_programs/libraryloud/

And Later That Evening…MPC is Also Teaming up with Sex Ed for Adults for a special, adult oriented presentation! @Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E. Locust St., MKE, 53212)

Sunday, October 23, 6pm/Free/ Must be 21 or older:Sex Ed For Adults and the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference are teaming up in October to host a one-night only event that is not to be missed!

Join us for “Unleashing Sacred Energies with Sex Magick” with featured presenters Christopher Lee Jensen of Anwar Firestorm and Vonnie Rich of Cackling Crones and Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council. They have been practicing witchcraft for over fifty years combined. Together they will be sharing the powerful secrets of Sex Magick, its history, safe practice, end results and controversies surrounding it.


We will have leftover conference merch available at a discount!

We have a fundraising effort underway to help MPC get out of debt so we can plan a 2017 event. Please contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

Buy up merch, now at a discounted price: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

MPC Was Great, We Need Your Help, We’re Participating in Events this Week


Conference director Tea Krulos questions audience members on the legend of Haunchyville during the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

It is really hard for me to list just a few highlights of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference for me. There are just too, too many. I’m hoping to give you all a more detailed day by day report about all the awesome stuff that happened over the weekend next week, but first I need to ask you something: please help us out.

Putting on an event like this is very expensive. Right now we are hosting a GoFundMe campaign to help us out of the red. This money is not going in our pocket, it is being used to pay of things like venue and to pay back loans. We are off to a strong start today, but have a ways to go. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, every bit helps. Here’s the page: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

Another way people can help support us is by buying merch. We have a fair amount of merch left over including t-shirts, tank tops, wooden buttons, stickers, prints, coffee mugs, and more. You can find it all on our Square store and get it shipped or arrange a pick up with us: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

I also want to plug a couple of events:

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference offers a lot of all ages programming, but we’re glad to be pairing up with Sex Ed for Adults to present an adult only “Unleashing Sacred Energies with Sex Magickwith featured presenters Christopher Lee Jensen of Anwar Firestorm and Vonnie Rich of Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council. It’s happening Sunday, October 23rd at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E. Locust St., MKE, 53212) 6pm / Must be 21 years old or older / Free
We will also be tabling with leftover conference merch, so stop in and buy some at a discount!
Facebook Event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/319209708455288/

Also, Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin (winner of the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award) will both have short talks as part of the Central Library’s “Haunted Central” activities this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:57pm (official time for sundown) to 10pm, and Sunday, Oct.23 1-5pm the Central Library will have a variety of fun activities including a Sleepy Hollow photo booth, a screening of The Blob, mask making, displays, a screaming contest, and a stargazing session on the roof.

We’ll both be giving the same talk twice each day, so you’ll have 4 opportunities to see it.

More info: http://www.mpl.org/special_events_and_programs/libraryloud/


Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin



Panel Discussion: Yow! My Business is Haunted!


A classic photo of the Modjeska Theater

Sunday, UWM Ballroom West

Moderator: Allison Jornlin (Milwaukee Ghosts-Tours and Investigations) Panel: Tom Carr (Brumder Mansion), Dawn Scher-Thomae (Milwaukee Public Museum), and Jesus Enrique Nañez (Modjeska Theater)

You’ll find a lot of ghost experts at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, but this unique panel offers a different perspective– people who have work environments that are said to be haunted. Is the haunting an advantage or a disadvantage to business? How do you talk about it with patrons and co-workers? Milwaukee ghostlore expert Allison Jornlin leads this panel that includes people employed at the Brumder Mansion, Modjeska Theater, and Milwaukee Public Museum, all Milwaukee establishments with a legacy of ghost stories.

sm-me-and-borhegyi(Left) Panel moderator Allison Jornlin next to a photo of Dr. Stephan Francis de Borhegyi, Milwaukee Public Museum curator who died in 1969. Some say his spirit still wanders the museum hallways.


Below: the Brumder Mansion, built in 1910, currently operates as a bed and breakfast.


Below: An interior shot of the Modjeska Theater, built in the 1920s. It has sat abandoned for several years, but is currently being remodeled.

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Vendors of the Week 26-39: Guest Speakers


The Scene on the 2015 MPC vendor floor last year. It was busy! This year we will have 50 tables spread through the UWM Ballroom East.

Time is flying! We’re going to move ahead a few spaces today by mentioning tables on our vendor floor that will be used by people who are also guest speakers at the conference. If you click on their names, it’ll take you to a web entry that will give you more information.

Stop by their tables, get a book signed, talk to them about their podcasts or radio shows, ask your most burning questions, and talk to them about all the other cool stuff they’re involved with.

26. Author and researcher Chad Lewis (Sunday only)

27. Author and researcher Linda S. Godfrey

28. Researcher Mike Hoke and researcher and author J.Nathan Couch

29. Author, researchers, ufologists Nick Roesler and Chase Kloetzke

30. Author and researcher Donald R. Schmitt

31. Researcher and tour host Allison Jornlin of Milwaukee Ghosts- Tours and Investigations

32. Researcher, author, tour host Ursula Bielski of Chicago Hauntings

33. Krampus group Minnesota Krampus

34. Inventor and star of Ghosts of Shepherdstown Elizabeth Saint

35. Sanjay R. Singhal, author and host of Beyond the Forest Radio

36. Mike Huberty and Wendy Staats and See You on the Other Side podcast/ Madison Ghost Tours

37.  Author and researcher Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum (Saturday only)

38. Celeste Contreras, founder of Dia de los Muertos Milwaukee (Saturday only)

39. Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics, hosts of our Ghost Story Open Mic!

Support all of our awesome programming by pre-ordering tickets and merch on our Indiegogo page. Just 2 DAYS LEFT in the campaign! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Meet the Mod Squad

TONIGHT! 7pm on Beyond the Forest Radio— all 5 of our 2016 panel discussion moderators talk about their panels at the quickly upcoming Milwaukee Paranormal Conference!

Much like Voltron or the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the panel hosts will all be assembled to talk Milwaukee Paranormal Conference on Beyond the Forest Radio.

Show host Sanjay Singhal will be at the conference hosting a panel titled “Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch.” His guests include fellow mods:

Tea Krulos, author, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference’s founder and director, and moderator of the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

Mike Huberty, musician, ghost tour host, co-host of the See You on the Other Side podcast, and moderator of the “Haunted Road Trip” panel.

Allison Jornlin, Milwaukee ghostlore expert, proprietor of Milwaukee Ghosts– Tours and Investigations, and moderator of the “Yow! My Business is Haunted!” panel.

Nick Roesler, author and host of Beyond Deep Black radio on KGRA, moderator of the “Best UFO Reports 2016” panel.

You can tune in at 7pm right here: www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest
Call in number is 646.787.1796 if you have questions, comments, or encouraging words for us!

Just a day left in our Indiegogo campaign…please help us out by pre-ordering tickets and merch! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Guest Speaker: Allison Jornlin

Promo Photo

Presentation: “Milwaukee Forteana II,” Saturday, Wisconsin Room

Sponsored by: OnMilwaukee.com
Supporting sponsor: Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Could Milwaukee be even stranger than it seems? Absolutely! Milwaukee’s Fortean history may surprise you. This presentation features ghost stories and other weird tales from Milwaukee history. Are immortals among us? Can ghosts leave footprints? Do demons possess the souls of those around you? The fascinating answers to these questions and more will be revealed by Allison Jornlin of milwaukeeghosts.com

Allison grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, reading everything in the school library about UFOs, monsters, ghosts, and psychic phenomena and wondering about the mysteries of the big city.  When she moved to Milwaukee she dug even deeper into the city’s dusty archives and began gathering first hand accounts of encounters with the paranormal.  Finally, inspired by Chicago’s Richard Crowe, who kick started U.S. ghost tourism in 1973, she founded Milwaukee’s first haunted history tour in 2008.

When she’s not teaching fourth graders at a local elementary school, Allison conducts ghost tours in the Third Ward and down Milwaukee’s haunted main street, Wisconsin Avenue.  She assists businesses and paranormal investigation teams with in-depth historical research.  As an admirer of anomalies researcher Charles Fort, she frequently provides expert commentary on a variety of Fortean topics for the podcast, See You on the Other Side (http://othersidepodcast.com).

Allison is currently compiling her more than 10 years of local research into a travel guide featuring 101 of Milwaukee’s public haunts.  If you have a ghost story to share, she’d love to hear from you.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference tickets available here: milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

2015 Speakers: Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Stories


NOAH LEIGH: “Explained Paranormal: Explanations for Common Reports of Paranormal Activity”

Founder and Lead Investigator, Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee
Noah Leigh founded the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee in 2007. He has been interested by the paranormal since he was a child but has never had a personal experience. He believes that most paranormal claims can be explained but the sheer volume of claims are too many to dismiss completely and considers himself skeptically optimistic. Noah is a trained scientist with a BA in Biology and two MS degrees, one in Epidemiology and one in Cell Biology and he is employed as a scientist. Noah uses his scientific training to conduct PIM’s investigations as much as a controlled experiment as possible and believes that true evidence of the paranormal needs to be determined via careful experimentation and measurements. Noah has conducted classes through the West Allis/West Milwaukee and Cudahy recreation departments as well as UW-Waukesha talking about the history of paranormal investigation and proper equipment use. Noah firmly believe that utilizing the best that science currently has to offer combined with thinking outside the box will be the best way to find answers regarding the paranormal.

Promo PhotoWebsite: www.paranormalmilwaukee.com

ALLISON JORNLIN: “Milwaukee Forteana”

Founder, Milwaukee Ghosts– Tours and Investigations

Could Milwaukee be even stranger than you realize? This presentation by Allison Jornlin from milwaukeeghosts.com features ghost stories and other weird tales from Milwaukee history. Is your television a gateway to another dimension? Can a ghost confess to murder? Do unspeakable creatures lurk in the shadows of our fair city? The fascinating answers to these questions and more will be revealed in this essential primer to Milwaukee mysteries and legends.

Website: www.milwaukeeghosts.com


MELISSA TANNER: “Use of Response Techniques – Provoking vs Trigger Objects”

Founder and Lead Investigator, TnT Paranormal Investigations

Melissa has held an interest in the paranormal since growing up in SW Missouri and being exposed to civil war battlefields and mining sites where activity was reported. Melissa is part skeptic and part believer and loves to try to debunk reported sightings. Before, starting TnT Paranormal Investigations, Melissa has investigated with several paranormal groups, as well as investigated at some of the most haunted locations in America. She has over 8 years of paranormal investigation experience and has used those experiences to hone her skills as a paranormal investigator. Melissa is also the editor and a contributor for the newsletter Bumps in the Night, a TnT Paranormal monthly newsletter.

Melissa, along with co-founder Annette Turner, formed TnT Paranormal Investigators in the fall of 2009. Melissa and TnT Paranormal Investigators have conducted close to a hundred investigations in its short existence. Most of those investigations being for clients that have contacted us for assistance.

Melissa has spoken at over 80 conferences, libraries, historical societies, museums, and park districts on various topic related to the paranormal from the basic to being an investigator to the dangers of provoking. She has also been featured guest on several radio stations across the US and had a few television interviews. Melissa has had many interviews and articles published in newspapers, newsletters, and magazines across the US. In 2011, Melissa was featured in Season 2 of My Ghost Story with data from a local Chicago case. In 2014, Melissa was awarded the Investigator of the Year award from the Paranormal Award.

In addition to the paranormal Melissa’s interests include movies, music, reading, and playing the guitar.

Website: www.tntparanormal.com

PANEL: Noah Leigh, Melissa Tanner, Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal)– details TBA.

TOURS and TAG-A-LONG INVESTIGATIONS: We will have a couple opportunities for joining up with ghost tours and also an event joining Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee in the field. More info soon.