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American Ghost - A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

Hannah Nordhaus

The dark-eyed woman in the long black gown was first seen in the 1970s standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events: blankets ripped off while they slept, the room temperature plummeting, disembodied breathing, and dancing balls of light. La Posada-"place of rest"-had been a grand Santa Fe home before it was converted to a hotel. The room with the canopy bed had belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, the wife of the home's original owner. She died in 1896, nearly a century before the hauntings were first reported. In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother, Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.

The dark-eyed woman in the long black gown was first seen in the 1970s standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events: blankets ripped off while they slept, the room temperature plummeting, disembodied breathing, and dancing balls of light. La Posada-"place of rest"-had been a grand Santa Fe home before it was converted to a hotel. The room with the canopy bed had belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, the wife of the home's original owner. She died in 1896, nearly a century before the hauntings were first reported. In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother, Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.
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The dark-eyed woman in the long black gown was first seen in the 1970s standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events: blankets ripped off while they slept, the room temperature plummeting, disembodied breathing, and dancing balls of light. La Posada-"place of rest"-had been a grand Santa Fe home before it was converted to a hotel. The room with the canopy bed had belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, the wife of the home's original owner. She died in 1896, nearly a century before the hauntings were first reported. In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother, Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Xe Sands

Length:

8h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

30:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

22:39