I'm not one to seek out the paranormal. Sure, I experience a ghostly encounter that one time at the Skirvin hotel, but for the most part, I'm pretty content to let the spirits of the dead chill by themselves. The closest I ever came to speaking with the dead was the time in high school when my Wiccan friend asked me to keep her Ouija board at my house until her Church of Christ family no longer suspected she was "at risk." I believe that Ouija board and several spell books are still located in my old closet at my parents' house.
Anyway, I bring all this up because it appears that long dead Oklahomans are reaching out to their currently living relatives. According to KFOR.com:
OKLAHOMA -- The Oklahoma Historical Society continues its search for the rightful owners of two packages that are more than 100-years-old.They were removed from a time capsule that was uncovered from a church in 2013.The Oklahomans who put the packages in the chest wanted them to go to their descendants.With no luck finding family members, they have not been opened. So the history lesson inside remains a secret.
Ugh. I can't believe we have to wait on people in order to figure out what messages the dead are trying to send us. Should we contact Miss Cleo? What about Whoopi Goldberg's character in ghost? What about Jennifer Love Hewitt's character in Ghost Whisperer? Does that weird John Edwards guy still have a show where he pretends to talk to dead people? WHERE IS HALEY JOEL OSMENT?!
The Century Chest and its contents are now preserved at the Oklahoma History Center.Some of the most precious artifacts are letters written to descendants.Over the last two years, Oklahomans have gotten to open packages from their ancestors."To contact them out of the clear blue and say there's a message for you from your great, or great-great-great grandparents. That is surreal," Pastor Peterson said."It's just heart-wrenching to see their tears and then you cry," Chad Williams, with the Oklahoma Historical Society, said.Monday, two of the letters yet to be opened are from Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Chambers and another from Thomas and Mary Phelps Wallace, or Mellon."The name might have been read wrong because of the cursive writing," Williams said.
Oh, so now it's cursive's fault that no one is talking to these ghosts? Come on, people.
So, I guess, if your last name is Chambers, Wallace, or Mellon, go ahead and contact the Oklahoma History Center. Also, some public libraries have a genealogist on staff (as well as a free access to Ancestry.com) to help you figure out if perhaps you actually were a Wallace or a Mellon. If you don't, the Historical Society is probably going to open those letters for you, and that should really piss off the spirits of the dead.