Anoka's Ghost Tours make for bad history.
Just one example:
A cable production filmed Anoka County Historical Society's program manager, Vickie Wendel, in front of Colonial Hall on 3rd Avenue in Anoka.
She's narrating the Ghost Tour and telling about mysterious reports of tobacco smoke. Wendel says, it's a museum, no one has smoked in there since the original owner, Dr. Aldrich. Such an unfounded fabrication gives county historical societies unfortunate reputations:
#1. A cloak room in the Aldrich House/Colonial Hall was once connected to the Masonic banquet hall next door. The Masons had a budget item in old records referring to banquet cigars.
#2. Colonial Hall, owned by the Masons, was once divided for housing. It's quite probable that some of those people were smokers.
#3. And finally, the historical society moved into Colonial Hall in 1971. It wasn't until 1979 that a "No Smoking" policy was established.
In fact, ACHS great, Leslie Gillund, was a notorious chain smoker. Employees routinely smoked in the kitchen/break room as well.
So, at this site the ghost tour narrators don't even know their own history.
It also calls into question: are the other stops on the ghost tour as well researched as the former home of this historical society? What about other research the historical society is engaged in?
Anoka County taxpayers are financing this breathless gossip and calling it history.
Letter to the Editor
Also: Anoka's Ghost tours are the antithesis of prayer walks.