Guest Announcements, Round 2

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is happening October 15 and 16 at the UWM campus. In our last post, we announced our first round of guest speakers, including Loren Coleman, Chad Lewis, Mary Marshall, Allison Jornlin, Celesté Contreras, Summerwind Restoration Society, and Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. We also announced two panels, “Searching  for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch” and “Haunted Road Trip.”

We’re excited to reveal our second round of guest announcements.

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First, special guest speaker Chase Kloetzke. Chase is an author, radio show host, and frequent guest lecturer at UFO conventions. Chase has been a member of the Mutual UFO Network since 1996 and is currently MUFON’s Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager, leading a team of high performance and highly skilled investigators to special assignments in MUFON.

She is also the host of Fate Magazine Radio on KGRA, co-author (with Richard Dolan) of Admissable: The Field Investigator’s Manual and the children’s book Are Aliens Really Real?
Here’s her website: chasekloetzke.com

Additionally, we are happy to announce:

Ursula Bielski, author and Chicago ghostlorist.

Nick Roesler, author and host of Beyond Deep Black Radio.

Kristan T. Harris, researcher and co-host of The Rundown Live, he’ll be giving a presentation titled “The Hidden History of Giants.”

Dark Star Ministry presents: “Ouija & Tarot: Occult Tools and the Paranormal.”

Panels
Cult of Weird presents: Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends: This panel will talk about one of the more fun aspects of our folklore– the urban legend. We’ll be talking about Muskego’s Haunchyville, an alleged colony of angry little people, the bloody legend of Boy Scout Lane in Stevens Point, the break out star of the 2015 Milwaukee Para Con–Goatman!–and more. This panel includes J. Nathan Couch (Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?), Charlie Hinz and Christina Rickman(Cult of Weird), and Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal). Moderator: Tea Krulos (Monster Hunters, Riverwest Ghost Stories).

We will be announcing a third round of speakers in early February!

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We will also have a table at the Milwaukee Comic Con, Sunday Feb. 21, 10:30-4:30, at American Serb Hall. Admission to the con is $5, kids 12 and under free. You’ll be able to buy Para Con tickets from us with cash or card.

Milwaukee Para Con Ts are BACK!

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Due to  popular demand (these t-shirts sold out in a blink of an eye at our inaugural Milwaukee Para Con on June 6!) we will be reprinting one of our 2015 shirts…the black shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink. Sizes S through XXXL are available.

Here’s how it works: we will be selling the shirts online as a pre-order through June 30, 2015. At that date we will stop online sales, tally how many orders we have, add a few extras, then place our order with our shirt guys. It’ll take them a little less than two weeks to fill the order. We will package and ship out orders on July 15, 2015. The $20 shirt fee includes shipping.

Our store also includes our 2015 Milwaukee Para Con sticker ($3, includes shipping) and signed copies of Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos, that can be personalized ($19, includes shipping). Those items are available to be shipped out immediately.

Shirt and sticker sales will go toward Milwaukee Para Con’s 2016 budget.

HERE’S OUR STORE LINK: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

Milwaukee Para Con director Tea Krulos will also be making an in-store appearance this Thursday, June 18, at People’s Books Cooperative (804 E. Center St.) at 6pm to talk about his books, the Para Con, neighborhood ghost stories, and more. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416946225297364/

Photo by Wendy Schreier Photography. MPC logo design by David Beyer, Jr.

2015 Speakers: Sociology

untitled-75TEA KRULOS hosts the “Best Evidence Ever!” panel with special guests Ursula Bielski (Chicago ghostlorist and author), Jim Sherman (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization), and Nick Roesler (Beyond Deep Black Radio).

What is the best evidence for the existence of ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFO activity? Krulos and his panel of guests take a look at a couple examples in each category.

Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist from Milwaukee, WI. His favorite subject matters have always been people considered unusual or quirky by mainstream standards. For his first book, Heroes in the Night, he joined a group of people that adopt their own superhero personas and call themselves “Real Life Superheroes.” Krulos joined them as they patrolled the streets, looking for crime to thwart, and got an insider’s look at a secretive sub-culture.

His new book Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators (Chicago Review Press), will be released at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference. The book follows Krulos as he learns about the lifestyles of people that seek evidence of the unknown. To research, Krulos spent many long nights in eerie environments, including sitting in the dark in various haunted locations and trekking through the woods of Michigan looking for the Bigfoot.

Krulos contributes regularly to publications like the Shepherd Express, Fortean Times, Riverwest Currents, and M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine. He writes the “Monster of the Month” column for Forces of Geek.

Website: www.teakrulos.com

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MARC EATON: “The Scientist or the Sensitive?: Struggles for Legitimacy in the Paranormal Community”

Assistant Sociology Professor at Ripon College

Marc Eaton first became interested in the paranormal as a kid, when he watched Unsolved Mysteries and Ghostbusters. He never really considered the paranormal as a research topic, though, until he started watching Ghost Hunters back in 2006. After earning a doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado in 2011, Marc moved to Ripon, WI, where he holds an assistant professorship in sociology at Ripon College.

Over the past three years, he has interviewed over thirty paranormal investigators, participated in nearly two dozen investigations, and attended five paranormal conferences. His ongoing research focuses on the experiences of investigators themselves: why they got involved, their methods of investigating, and how investigating has changed their perspectives on life and death. Marc hopes to get beyond media representations of paranormal investigation to illuminate the beliefs and practices of those who have actually dedicated themselves to the search for evidence of a world beyond the physical realm.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2015 Line Up

Let’s hear a round of applause for our 2015 speakers and panels! Our guests include a variety of experts on subjects of the paranormal. You’ve probably seen some of them on shows like Finding Bigfoot, My Ghost Story, Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, Monster Quest, Monsters and Mysteries, and The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, among many other media outlets. I’d like to thank the many other people who inquired about speaking at the event. We had a limited number of speaker time slots, and those filled up quickly. We are hoping for a bigger event with more speakers in 2016.

If you click on the speaker’s name, it will lead you to their website. We will be updating this site with speaker bios and talk titles in February and March 2015. Other activities, such as potential documentary screenings, will be updated soon as info becomes available. We still have vendor tables, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available, see respective tabs on this site. And now, without further ado…

2015 Keynote Speakers

Donald R. Schmitt, expert on UFOs and the Roswell Crash, author of UFO Crash at Roswell, Witness to Roswell, and Inside the Real Area 51: the Secret History of Wright Patterson.

Linda S. Godfrey, author of The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing America’s Werewolf, Weird Wisconsin, and American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America.

Noah Leigh, founder and lead investigator, Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee.

Paranormal Investigation/ Ghosts

Melissa Tanner, founder and lead investigator, TnT Paranormal Investigations.

Allison Jornlin, ghost historian and proprietor of Milwaukee Ghosts Tours & Investigations.

Panel: “Communicating With Clients: Dos and Don’ts,” Noah Leigh, Melissa Tanner, Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal).

Sociology

Tea Krulos, author, Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators.

Marc Eaton, professor of sociology, Ripon College.

Cryptozoology & Folklore

J. Nathan Couch, author, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

Jim Sherman, Michigan field representative, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (as seen on Finding Bigfoot).

Irish Folklore speaker TBA

Ufology

Nick Roesler, author, In Focus: Photographic Evidence of Unconventional Flying Objects.

Mark O’Connell, biographer of Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Mutual UFO Network Chief Investigator for Wisconsin.

Documentary Screening Session

Echoes of the Past (2015), documentary featurette, director David Gloyd.

PIM: A Paranormal Documentary (2015), documentary feature, director Bradley James Kroll.

After Party: Shaker’s Cigar Bar (Milwaukee’s Haunted Bar) details TBA.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/915715895128453/

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!