Have a Ghost Presentation at Your Library, School or Club
L'Aura Hladik Hoffman
So you're having another monthly meeting and want a guest speaker to liven things up? Who knew talking about the Dead could do just that!
Presentations are well received at libraries where attendance ranges from 40 to 90 people. L'Aura has successfully crammed in her 20+ years experience as a ghost hunter, researcher and author into each presentation she delivers. Along with her humor and animated delivery, the time flies by and people leave the presentation commenting about the fun they had and how they plan on sleeping with the lights on!
October is a busy month for these presentations, so please book early to get the date and time you most prefer!
In honor of the NJGHS turning 20 years old this July, L'Aura has put together a presentation that covers the long lost case files of the NJGHS, the growth of knowledge and expansion of equipment implemented on paranormal investigations. From the first home investigation, through cemetery hunts and investigations of NJ's haunted historic places, one will learn what to do - AND what NOT to do when on a paranormal investigation.
"Ghosts of the Poconos"
Journey through the spooky Pocono mountains in this presentation which highlights the Siwweyeager, Pennsylvania's version of the Jersey Devil, the Tom X Pub with its ghostly apparitions, the haunted Sorrenti's Cherry Valley Winery and the most witenessed supernatual event in the Poconos - the Rainman of Stroudsburg.
These and 20 other locations are contained in the latest book of the same name: "Ghosts of the Poconos" which is available online at Schiffer Books, Barnes & Noble and Amazon (Links below.)
"Ghosthunting New Jersey & New York City" Based on the investigative stories in both books as part of America's Haunted Road Trip series, L'Aura details the history and haunts of Jersey and The Big Apple. Included for this updated version (2016) of this presentation are Charlie Brown's Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Hart Island, the VanCortlandt Mansion, and the Palace Theater.
"Haunted New Jersey & Spiritualism"
Ghostly locales of the Garden State are presented to include the history, mystery and the haunted activity. Then the Spiritualist Movement from its beginning in upstate New York to its various forms of psychic mediumship such as Table Tipping, Talking Boards and Psychics & Charlatans. Open the door to the other world without leaving your chair!
"Burial Rites and Wrongs: Preventing the Creation of the Undead" From ancient practices to modern day funerals, superstitions and customs abound when it comes to inhumation or interment. Whether one is buried six feet under or above ground in a crypt or mausoleum, learn the best practices for burying a corpse and protecting it from turning into a vampire or other revenant.
Covered in this macabre presentation are the differences of the undead such as zombies, vampires, ghouls and windigos. Catacombs, Hell Hounds and Doppelsaugers, oh my! If you're into the creepy afterlife, you'll really dig this!
"Haunted Transportation: Ghostly Sightings via Air, Land & Sea" You thought security was a nightmare at the airport! Wait until you hear about the ghostly results of Eastern Airlines flight 401 and phantom planes from Wales to Ohio to Pennsylvania.
Prefer rail travel? Think twice! From Gettysburg, PA to Pattenburg, NJ; there are tragic events that still travel along these forgotten rail lines.
Long before Princess Cruises, the "Gray Ghost" floated on the ocean waters. Today the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, California along with her ghostly passengers. All along the American seaboard lovely lighthouses dot the landscape providing the guiding light to ships in the night and foggy air. However, some lighthouse keepers aren't corporeal, but are still at work keeping the light lit!
"Introduction to Paranormal Investigating" - Learn the basics in terms of protocols for proper investigating and documentation
- EVP's - Do's and Don'ts (you'll hear some classic examples of Class A EVPs)
- Equipment Review
- Ghost Photography (see Best examples of ghosts caught on film)
"Mysteries of the Paranormal" Presentation - Ghosts - Cryptozoology - Ouija Boards & Seances - Crop Circles - Spontaneous Human Combustion
"For The Love of Ghosts" (perfect for Valentines Day themed events) - Tell tale signs a deceased loved one is near - Ghosts of Love and Love Lost
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October 9, 2:00 PM = "20 Years of NJ Ghost Hunting," Monroe Township Senior Center, Monroe Twp., NJ
October 12, 10:00 AM = "Mysteries of the Paranormal", Allamuchy Senior Center, 1686 County Road 517, Rutherford Hall, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
October 12, 7:30 PM = "Ghosthunting NJ & NYC", Somerset Singles Club. This presentation is open only to members/residents of this community in Somerset, NJ.
October 15, 7:00 PM = "Ghosthunting NJ & NYC", Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Dr., Livingston, NJ 07039
October 17, 7:00 PM = "Ghosthunting NJ & NYC," Women's Club of Belvidere, presentation will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 224 Mansfield St., Belvidere, NJ
October 23, 4:30 PM = "Ghosthunting NJ & NYC," Stockton State College. This event is for Stockton State Students & staff ONLY.
November 15 - "Ghosts of the Poconos" - Penn State Extension Volunteer Recognition Dinner, private event.
No availability: Oct. 18-21 - due to PSTCA Conference attendance in Camp Hill, PA.
For the Love of Ghosts - Born from heartbreak, these ghosts linger on
Haunted Transportation: Getting there is half the scare of being there!
An Introduction to Paranormal Investigating
Mysteries of the Paranormal: From Crop Circles to Spontaneous Human Combustion (and every other paraweird in between)
For the Love of Ghosts
Testimonials & Reviews:
November 3, 2012
L’Aura Hladik NJ Ghost Hunters Society
On behalf of Friends of PFPL, please accept our sincere thanks for your very scary “Haunted Transportation” presentation at the Phillipsburg Free Public Library on October 22, 2012 as part of our Friends of Libraries Week celebration.
Your presentation was a huge success. Several people in the audience commented on your knowledge and passion and everyone was very excited about the ghostly sightings you spoke about.
We appreciated the wealth of information you were able to provide in only 90 minutes! Your presentation was invaluable in helping us promote the Library, the Friends and Friends of Libraries Week.
The Friends of PFPL is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of library volunteers and advocates who support the Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen the community.
Thank you for your time and efforts. We look forward to having you visit us again.
Sean Gornell President
cc: Executive Board, Friends of PFPL Ann DeRenzis, Library Director
Hi L'Aura, Thank you so much for speaking at our library Monday (08/10/09) night. Everyone really enjoyed it. Hopefully we can have you back again sometime.
Erin Coffey, Reference Librarian Clark Public Library 303 Westfield Avenue Clark, NJ 07066
I am writing to thank you on behalf of myself and Dr. Ron Dumont for coming to our class on Wednesday (March 4, 2009) . It was such a wonderful presentation and our class enjoyed it immensely. It was so great to hear about so many different topics from an expert. I hope that you had a good time with us as well. We are definitely looking forward to trying to get together a ghost hunting trip for the class before the semester ends, so hopefully we will get a chance to see you again some time soon.
Thank you again for your time and for teaching us so much about this topic,
Anna Anna I. Coward, MA, Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology Co-Instructor of Psychology of Belief, Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ
A very belated thank you for the wonderful program you gave here at the Jackson Library on February 7th. Everyone enjoyed it very much, as they also enjoyed the Ghost Hunting program last October.
I hope everything is going well with your next book. I was wondering if you would be developing a program to go with the guide books; something along the lines of a Haunted Places in New Jersey slide show/talk? If so, please let me know, as that would be a great program to offer here this October!
Wishing you all the best,
Ocean County Library - Jackson Branch
Good Afternoon L'Aura:
Thank you for such an interesting and informative presentation on the paranormal. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the sights and sounds of the spirits. Their oohs and ahhs during the presentation spoke volumes of their interest in, and respect for, the work that you do on your investigations. I think those who were skeptical received a better understanding of what ghosts really are, and how they are among us, whether we acknowledge them or not. Even I, as a believer, found the hairs on my arms standing at attention a few times.
Thanks again for a wonderful presentation. We will be sure to have you back again!
Carol Lombardo, Director Garwood Public Library (Jan. 22, 2009 presentation)
L'Aura, Thank you again so much. The students and the faculty really enjoyed the assembly. I have already answered a number of questions about it. Some of the students have asked about your meetings, I hope you don't mind that I passed the information on to them. The historical knowledge that you have about the locations that are in your assembly is truly amazing. Good luck this Halloween and happy hunting.
Brandt Anderson, Social Studies educator Kittatiny Regional High School (Oct. 30, 2008 - over 300 students from the 7th & 8th grades were in attendance for the "Parnormal Investigating" presentation.)
_____________________________________________________________________________ The decision to go with a ghost theme in the spooky month of October was apparently a very wise one! Guest speaker, L'Aura Hladik, founder of the New Jersey Ghost Hunter's Society, drew a 40 plus crowd. In fact, twice, Todd had to get up and request more chairs as people continued to filter in. There was literally standing room only in the back of the room!
The night began with a power point presentation that highlighted the where, why and hows of "ghost hunting". It also included some really cool pictures of various "haunted" houses, cemeteries, orbs and other light anomalies. Several people instantly recognized the background music as the Moody Blues. The tone was set - we were in for a spooky and entertaining ride. L'Aura then gave an awesome 1 hour and 20 minute presentation about her various investigations. Included were how they find out about cases, equipment used and the precautions and guidelines used to ensure "skeptics" can't refute findings, what ghost hunters really do (they do not trap ghosts in little boxes) and different kinds of hauntings - you do not want an elemental! Rotting flesh smells, nasty attacks! L'Aura ended the presentation by opening the floor to questions. The questions were insightful and varied. Each question was answered with a thorough response - some chilling! As Mike P put it, "she really spooked me." L'Aura was a fantastic speaker who combined a nice mix of fear and fun. Anyone wanting to see more of L'Aura can watch the Montel Williams show on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 where she will be a guest - check your local listings! She is worth it. Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey - Oct. 2006 http://www.sfsnnj.com/ ___________________________________________________________________________________
Hi L'Aura: I just wanted to thank you for coming to the library (July 9, 2007). My teens are still talking about it. Many of then want to join and even want you to return to our sweet abode to give another talk. Interested? They found your talk refreshing and entertaining. One of my girls even said they could see how much you loved ghost hunting and they could see the passion in your eyes for it.
Thanks again for everything.
Pham Wolfe Librarian - Teen Program Director Ocean County Library Brick, NJ ____________________________________________________________________________________
I just got out of a P.R. meeting and the consensus was that we had to turn so many people away from your October program due to space constraints, that we'd like you to come back to do another.
Kathleen Connors Librarian, Program Director Hunterdon County Library ____________________________________________________________________________________
Saturday, February 28, 2004
Thanks to all those who attended the Library's Saturday program Ghost Hunting 101 presented by L'Aura Hladik of the New Jersey Ghost Hunting Society. An overflow crowd of nearly 90 people attended this fascinating multimedia presentation. OldBridge Public LibraryOld BridgeNJ
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 L'Aura, thank you very much for the presentation that you gave for our seventh grade students. They loved it. I am still hearing stories about them and their own ghost hunting escapades. I felt your presentation was very informative. You included a number of historical sites within your presentation. You also provided a brief history of those locations. I hope that you had an excellent Halloween. Good luck with your investigations in the future.