'Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform' | Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History | Shows | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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'Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform'

When: Sept. 20-Jan. 11 2020

As everyone knows, you really can’t start too early on your Halloween, um, celebrations — especially when real life is scaring the bejesus out of you. Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is totally down with this, offering not just an exhibition titled “Conjuring the Dead” but a related series of spook-minded speakers. On view are photographs and original artworks acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94), a Vermont farmer and legislator who claimed a special superpower: curing ailments and bringing the deceased back to life. Other artifacts in the show provide context for the rise of 19th-century spiritualism. See website for schedule.