outhern Utah Paranormal will give a free presentation, “More Than Ghost Stories: Paranormal Investigations,” tonight at 7 p.m. at the Frontier Homestead State Park at 635 N. Main St.
Southern Utah Paranormal is a group who started investigating claims of paranormal activity in southern Utah a few years ago.
Todd Prince, Frontier Homestead State Park manager, is an investigator with Southern Utah Paranormal.
He said anyone can tell ghost stories and there are always rumors that go around town, but Southern Utah Paranormal looks for physical proof, like cold spots, which indicate paranormal activity.
The term “paranormal activity” is typically used to define experiences that exceed the normal scope of scientific explanation in one or more respects. True paranormal experiences are not explainable by scientific laws.
SUP investigators decided to put a program together to present the results from investigations where they actually have evidence of paranormal occurrences. They have investigated many buildings in Cedar City that have had claims of paranormal activity including C-A-L Ranch, South Elementary and Cedar High School.
The group has also investigated some of the older buildings in the Frontier Homestead State Park.
Trent Anderson, a senior construction management major from Fairview, said he “absolutely believes in ghosts. “
“They are undeniably out there,” he said.
At the beginning of the presentation, SUP investigators will give background about the theory of paranormal activity and what they look for when searching for activity. They will also talk about the equipment used and how the society goes about completing an investigation.
Prince said SUP usually conducts investigations at night.
“The theory is that it’s easier for spirits or entities or energies to manifest at night when they don’t have to compete with the sun,” Prince said. “It’s like turning on the flashlight during the day; it doesn’t do much; but at night it works a lot better.”
He also said that some of the equipment they use, like an infrared camera, registers disturbances better at night because it doesn’t have to compete with heat signatures from the sun.
Paranormal rumors are not uncommon in southern Utah. The area was first settled in 1851 and there are at least eight ghost towns located within a two-hour drive of Cedar City. Many of the older cemeteries in the area are believed to be haunted.
Old Main, the first building completed on campus, is believed to be home to the ghost of a young woman named Virginia. The tale is told that Virginia was murdered east of Cedar City in the red hills.
Old Main is rumored to be constructed out of stones from the quarry where Virginia was killed.
Various tales about Old Main have been shared among students for generations, including elevators moving on their own, students being trapped in elevators and sightings of a woman wandering around the third floor of the building.
The Auditorium is also reported to have paranormal occurrences, and is allegedly home to two ghosts that haunt the catwalks. There have been rumored sightings of a ballet dancer figure, a male figure in a top hat and other odd occurrences and sightings in the tunnels beneath the stage.
Daniel Hales, a freshman communication major from Aurora, said he believes in ghosts as well and he can tell ghosts are among us.
Prince invited any person who is interested in paranormal activity, even doubters, to attend the presentation.
“If they have any interest in the paranormal or what’s beyond this life then by all means come and join us,” Prince said. “They can decide for themselves if it is authentic and legitimate or if it’s just our imagination.”
SUP will investigate the SUU Library on Nov. 4 based on various claims of paranormal activity in the Special Collections section.
For more information on Southern Utah Paranormal, contact Kevin Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or meet him at the presentation tonight.