WATERLOO, Iowa --- There's a lot of cool history in the homes of the Grout Museum District. There's a lot of spooky history, too, and you can spend the night learning about it -- and maybe even experience it for yourself.
The Grout Museum District will host A Night in a Haunted Mansion with the Calhoun County Paranormal Investigators from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 5-6.
Participants will learn about the equipment used to investigate the paranormal and have a chance to experiment with it themselves. Visitors will also take part in a paranormal investigation at the Snowden House with the investigators, hear paranormal evidence caught in the homes and talk to the investigators who witnessed it first hand.
A haunted tour of the Rensselaer Russell House Museum is included in the cost of the event. The tour will include information on the past paranormal investigations that have taken place in the home.
The Rensselaer Russell House Museum, the largest artifact of the Grout Museum District, is one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County. Rensselaer Russell, a banker and real estate agent; his wife, Caroline; and their daughter, Genevieve, moved to Waterloo from New York in 1857.
The Russells built the home in 1861. Shortly after moving into the home, Genevieve died when she fell into a cistern across South Street and drowned. Her funeral took place at the home.
There are only 25 open spots for this event. Registration is due by Sept. 20. Cost is $35 for museum district members and $40 for nonmembers. Those who register after the deadline will be charged an additional $5.
For more information, call the Grout Museum District at 234-6357 or visit www.GMDistrict.org.