The Medium in the Family

How to talk to the dead, Wisconsin style

Louise Parke’s séance dress in the exhibition “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,” on loan from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Louise Parke’s séance dress, as it appears in the exhibition “Supernatural America” (left) and with the hood down. The Wisconsin Historical Society, which lent the object, notes the hood’s “unfortunate resemblance to a Ku Klux Klan outfit.”

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