Panel Discussion: Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch

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Bigfoot? Prints found on a 2014 WPI Hunts the Truth expedition,

Saturday, UWM Ballroom West

Moderator: Sanjay R. Singhal (Beyond the Forest Radio). Panel: Author and researcher Linda S. Godfrey, Jay Bachochin (WPI Hunts the Truth), Larry and Jen Dopke (WI chapter of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization).

Bigfoot, one of the star cases of cryptozoology, has been spotted in states coast to coast and, according to our panel, is no stranger to Wisconsin. Our panel consists of people who have actually gone out into the field in Wisconsin to locations like Kettle Moraine State Forest and beyond to seek evidence of this elusive mystery. They’ve had some interesting encounters along the way and will share some of the unusual (and at times frightening!) experiences they’ve had.

Our panel includes:

Linda S. Godfrey, cryptozoology researcher and author of classics like The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf, Weird Wisconsin, American Monsters, and many more.

Jay Bachochin of the investigation group WPI Hunts the Truth has led several expeditions looking for Bigfoot and is wrapping up a documentary on his search titled Into the Woods.

Larry and Jen Dopke are leaders of the local branch of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO is the group  represented on the show Finding Bigfoot) and have led several Wisconsin expeditions for the organization, in addition to filing reports from witnesses. (See an example HERE from earlier this year.)

Our moderator Sanjay R. Singhal is an investigator and host of the Beyond the Forest Radio show, in which he shares his own experiences and talks to other field researchers.

You can catch Sanjay interviewing the Dopkes TONIGHT (Aug.2) on Beyond the Forest.
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7pm CST: www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest

Additionally, a trailer was just released for Into the Woods, that stars panelist Jay Bachochin and documents his research along with Mary Marshall, who we’re glad to say is also a 2016 guest speaker.

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

 

 

Guest Speaker: Loren Coleman

Keynote Speaker 2016. Presentation: “The Minnesota Iceman: the Milwaukee Connection and More,” Saturday, Wisconsin Room

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Loren Coleman has been investigating cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the Abominable Snowmen/Yetis caught his interest in 1960. He is the author, coauthor, editor of, and/or contributor to over 100 popular books on natural history mysteries and the media, including Mysterious America, Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America, Cryptozoology A to ZSuicide ClustersThe Copycat EffectTom Slick and the Search for the Yeti, The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Primates, The Field Guide to Lake Monsters and Sea Serpents, and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. Coleman has been a consultant to television programs, and films, including the Mothman Prophecies movie and documentary in 2002, filling in for John A. Keel (who was ill) during 400 media interviews and televised appearances.

Coleman regularly appears on documentary television programs – including Finding BigfootMysteries at the MuseumMonsters and MysteriesMonsterQuestIn Search OfCBS News Sunday MorningUnsolved MysteriesAnimal XAncient AliensAncient MysteriesUnsolved MysteriesAnimal X, and other media, such as Coast to Coast AM – as an expert on strange creatures and inexplicable phenomena. His investigations have resulted in the coining of some recognized names in cryptozoology, including Dover Demon, Montauk Monster, Napes, Phantom Panthers, Cassie, and other monikers in Fortean cases, such as Phantom Clowns.

Today, as the modern popularizer of cryptozoology, and one who is termed the “world’s leading living cryptozoologist,” Loren Coleman is an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and other groups. He was a Life Member of the (now-defunct) International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC). He is the 1999’s Bigfoot Times’ “Bigfooter of the Year,” and is a new inductee in 2015 to the Ohio Bigfoot Conference’s “Hall of Fame.” He travels extensively to continue his fieldwork and lectures, and writes blogs and frequent articles, for example, for Fortean Times, Portland Monthly, and his two blogs.

Coleman is the founder in 2003, and present director of the nonprofit International Cryptozoology Museum, which just moved in July 2016, to a new building at Thompson’s Point, Portland, Maine. The world’s only cryptozoology museum is routinely recognized, as it was in the last few years, as one of Time Magazine’s “Seven Weirdest Museums in the World,” and on the “best of” lists by Indian Times, MSN, Jetsetter Magazine, Huffington Post, ElleDécor, Weirdee, Blog for Lifestyle and Travel, Portland Phoenix, Skyscanner, and Travel + Leisure. In 2016, Coleman and the Board of the International Cryptozoology Museum founded the new International Cryptozoology Society, to continue the work of the ISC.

Websites

CryptoZoo News: cryptozoonews.com

International Cryptozoology Museum: cryptozoologymuseum.com

Iceman

Loren will have copies of the new Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman available, and getting a signed copy from him will be a nice complimentary item to his talk. The book is by Belgian-French cryptozoology pioneer Bernard Heuvelmans, translated here in English for the first time. Loren wrote the Afterword to this edition, which brings the bizarre story of the Iceman up to date.

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Venue, First Speakers Announced! Tickets on Sale!

Here is our latest exciting information for the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, October 14-16 (we are listing this as a three day event now as we will have a pre-con party on the 14th!)

VENUE

After much searching and inquiry, we’re happy to announce our venue: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., located on Milwaukee’s East Side.

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS

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We’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker on the topic of cryptozoology this year is Loren Coleman. Loren is often referred to as the world’s leading expert on the topic of cryptozoology, a field he has pursued passionately since the 1960s. He has authored dozens of books on the topic, appears frequently on programs like Unsolved Mysteries, and is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. We are honored to be able to bring Loren to speak in Milwaukee for the first time.

We have many other speakers confirmed and are in talks with others. For now, we’ll list just a small sampling and will announce more speakers in a couple weeks.

Chad Lewis, researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. He’ll be giving our first talk on Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters!

Mary Marshall, paranormal studies teacher, founder and director of The Paranormal MD.

Allison Jornlin, Milwaukee ghostlorist. She’ll be returning with a talk titled “Milwaukee Forteana, vol. II.”

Celesté Contreras, organizer, Día de los Muertos Milwaukee.

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Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee

Panels
Haunted Road Trip: October is a great month to get a tank of gas and take a short road trip to check out some haunted locations in the Midwest. You get can some good tips on haunted hotspots open to the public from our panel of ghost guide experts– Mike Hoke (Cedarburg Ghost & Dark History Walking Tours), Lisa Van Buskirk (Madison Ghost Tour), and Kathi Kresol (Haunted Rockford, author of Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois). Moderator: Mike Huberty (Minneapolis Ghost Tour, See You On The Other Side podcast).

Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch: Does Bigfoot roam throughout the Northwoods, in Kettle Moraine State Forest and other locations? Our panel says yes! Hear from people who have actually spent time out in the field looking for the elusive cryptid. Panelists include author and researcher Linda S. Godfrey, Jay Bachochin (WPI Hunts the Truth), and Jen and Larry Dopke (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Wisconsin). Moderator: Sanjay R. Singhal, RA (Beyond the Forest Radio).

Much more to follow soon!

TICKET INFORMATION

We were able to host a free event last year, but with significantly higher venue and guest speaker fees, we need your support and we need to sell tickets. We have kept our prices as low as possible to make it an affordable experience for everyone. You can buy tickets via the site Brown Paper Tickets. There are service fees, but the online tickets will still be $5-$10 cheaper than buying them at the door.

We may have a participating store in Milwaukee sell tickets in the near future. Here are your ticket options:

1-Day Pass: Will get you into the conference for either Saturday or Sunday. $10.

2-Day Pass: Both conference days, just $15.

2-Day Super Pass (limited to 250): Both conference days, as well as admission to our Ghost Story Open Mic event and our Saturday night Masquerade Ball. $25.

VIP Pass (limited to 100…get ’em while they last!): Full access. Includes a special VIP dinner party the evening of Friday, October 14 with some of our conference guests. We are working on details of the dinner, but it will be in Milwaukee and we will have vegetarian and vegan options. Also, a special cloth tote bag screened with our logo that includes your program and swag. Free entry to the con, Ghost Story Open Mic, Masquerade Ball, (and possibly screening session.) $75.

A la carte: If you are solely interested in our activities like the Ghost Story Open Mic, Masquerade Ball, and screening session, we will have a la carte tickets to those events added soon.

All tickets available heremilwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

You will be able to pick up your passes at the con at will call by showing an ID.

Vendors: We had originally posted a deal that was supposed to be good through today ($60 one day/ $75 two days) but because it took time to confirm venue, that is extended through March.

Volunteers: We have a fantastic list of volunteers already, but definitely could use more.

Sponsors: We have a lot of great sponsorship opportunities available. Ask us for more info!

Vendors, volunteers, and sponsors can contact us at: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

Here is our Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/423586874516004/

First Annual Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is Happening June 2015!

What: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is a day full of speakers and activities related to the study of the paranormal.
When: Takes place Saturday, June 6, 2015 12-7pm at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. Admission is free.

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Do ghosts exist? What about the Bigfoot or UFOs? Well, now you have a place to ponder these questions and other mysteries of the universe.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference will tackle the subjects of paranormal investigation (commonly known as ghost hunting), cryptozoology (the study of unknown creatures like Bigfoot and Lake Monsters), ufology (aliens and UFOs), and folklore.

The event is organized by Tea Krulos, who spent over a year traveling and meeting experts on these topics. Krulos joined various investigators in the field to explore haunted houses, creepy forests, and desert landscapes said to be the roaming grounds of these strange entities. This is all documented in his upcoming book Monster Hunters, to be released by Chicago Review Press in June 2015.

To celebrate this release, Krulos was inspired to organize a paranormal conference. These conferences occur through the country, including Chicago, Minneapolis, and even Appleton, but there hasn’t been a paranormal conference in Milwaukee since 2005.

Until now. The event will take place in the beautiful Irish Culture and Heritage Center (downtown, near the Marquette campus) and will feature over a dozen speakers on two separate stages, a vendor area, and other activities.
Whether you are an expert on the paranormal or just curious, this will be a fun-filled, interesting day exploring the unknown!