Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Cathedral of Learning
The Cathedral of Learning was begun in 1926 by Chancellor Bowman and community contributions helped him realize his dream. The 42 story building contains classrooms, libraries, and a common room. The most famous rooms in the cathedral are the nationality rooms. These are a series of rooms on the second floor that have been decorated with historic pieces from numerous cultures so that each room looks like a room from the culture it represents. According to my guide, it was one of these rooms that was haunted.
The Early American room looks the part. It is filled with historic pieces and has been decorated to look like it stepped out of time. It is a shadowy room that feels haunted. It isn't just the decor. Many visitors to the Early American room have described having paranormal experiences. The stories began 30 years ago, after a woman donated several of her grandmother's items for the space. The items had belonged to Martha Jane Poe, a relative of Edgar Allen Poe. Many of the paranormal events described in the room seem to revolve around Martha Jane's wedding quilt. One janitor described finding hand prints on the quilt when he was alone there at night. Other visitors have seen doors open and close on their own and seen objects shift on their own. The baby cradle has been seen to rock when the room is empty and visitors that have spent the night in the room have reported feeling a cold spot.