2010-04-08 / Community News

Save Texas History Goes Ghost Hunting

The Archives of the Texas General Land Office tell the grand story of Texas history. But who knew they could also tell ghost stories?

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced Save Texas History a Land Office effort to preserve and digitize the very documents that tell our states story has teamed up with Haunted Texas, a new public television program about Texas history and hauntings. A pilot for the show airs Thursday, April 8 on the Central Texas PBS affiliate, KLRU-TV.

Shot on location in stunning 1080 HD, the half-hour premiere episode centers on the history and ghosts of the Peyton Colony, a settlement of former slaves outside of Blanco.

In the episode, a descendent of one of the original Peyton Colony founders, Lawrence Coffee, recounts his memories of growing up in the colony and how the land influenced his life. More recent residents, the Arnosky family, tell of the ghostly happenings and apparitions seen on the property.

Mark Dallas Loeffler, Land Office communications director, provides viewers with a rare glimpse of the original Land Office documents and maps that established the colony in the 1870s.

Finally, a nighttime investigation of the colony land by the Haunted Texas crew reveals some startling discoveries, including ghostly electronic voice phenomena, or EVP. Are these the voices of the distant past? Haunted Texas lets you decide.

Created by Jeanine Plumer and local production company Rebel Rebel, Haunted Texas travels across the state to uncover the truth behind unexplainable events and explore the history of the land and its people. The programs pilot episode will air Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and will be offered for future airing to all PBS stations statewide.

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