Phantasmagoria 101

Teaching and Learning Haunted History Beyond the Classroom




critical thinking, educational theater, Experiential Learning, ghost stories, local history, public engagement


A recently-formed undergraduate organization, interested in the paranormal, envisioned promoting themselves by hosting a new university event: a haunted tour of their campus. To realize this production, they learned how to identify, examine, and evaluate primary source materials in order to compile cohesive narratives out of facts recovered from both oral histories and archival records. Those efforts, while impressive in their own right, are made even more so considering they were extracurricular and student-led. Paranormal-themed scholarship empowered this undergraduate organization to engage their local community, raise their budget thirty-fold, and increase their membership a hundred-fold. This is their story…


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Author Biographies

Garret D. Langlois, Texas Tech University

Doctoral Candidate

Department of Natural Resources Management

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Nicola R. Astles, Brooklyn Museum

Senior Manager of Collections Information


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How to Cite

Langlois, Garret, and Nicola Astles. 2023. “Phantasmagoria 101: Teaching and Learning Haunted History Beyond the Classroom”. Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 48 (1):84-90.

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