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Preserve the Haunt aims to digitally record and document the experiences, sounds, and landscapes of various haunted historic sites across Canada. Our collection features interviews and transcripts from local managers, staff and historians as well as numerous audio recordings of different haunted spaces and surroundings.

Location Owners FAQ

 

I am the owner/manager of a haunted historic site, how can I be listed?

If you are the manager or owner of a historic site and wish to be listed, let us know through email. We work with each site owner or manager to ensure we document each space fairly and accurately.

What can I expect from your preservation process?

We always begin by meeting with each owner or site manager to gain a better understanding of how we can best approach and document their particular site.  We also clarify the areas we can and cannot document and preserve along with the protocols for working in each specific area.  Our preservation process is not invasive as we do not wish to hinder your visitors or their experiences.  Often we begin during the day and work late into the night where our recordings can capture the cleanest audio.  We might ask for permission to run electrical cords, interview staff, or capture reverb in particular spaces.  All of our recordings are captured and released with permission.   Usually our documentation process takes a full day during open hours.

How do you balance history and haunting?

While our archive covers all historic spaces generally, this summer we are understanding and using hauntings as a connection to the past, one that is intricately connected to historic events, people and places. Preserve the Haunt does not aim to privilege hauntings over the history of each space, but, instead, recognizes that hauntings and history are inseparable.

How do you balance hauntings and family-friendly locations?

It is always a challenge to speak about hauntings and other unexplained phenomena at different historic sites, especially as the term ‘haunted’ conjures particular images of fright and mortality. Family-friendly sites cater to all ages and offer multiple things to do at each location. It is a myth that a location can’t be haunted and family-friendly. Many educational programs are offered at each site tailored for children and parents. In fact, the Haunted Mansion in Stirling, Alberta, is family-run. In terms of our Preserve the Haunt archive, we acknowledge each experience, story, photograph, and film piece as a continuation of history-in-the-making at each location.