CASE: Cathedral of Learning (Early American Room), University of Pittsburgh
INVESTIGATION DATE: 12/11/09
INVESTIGATORS PRESENT: Melanie, Chris, Carrie, Josh, Mark, Cathie, Nina, Dave, Karina, Rick
LUNAR CONDITIONS: Moon 21% full (Waning Crescent)
SOLAR CONDITIONS: Solar X-rays (normal), Geomagnetic field (quiet)
ABOUT THE LOCATION:
Ground was broken on The Cathedral of Learning in 1926 but, due to the Depression, it was not dedicated until 1937. This grand example of Gothic architecture is the most recognizable landmark on the campus of The University of Pittsburgh. The building is 42 stories and stands 535 feet tall. It is the second tallest educational building in the United States. The Early American Room is one of 26 "Nationality Rooms " and is a tribute to 17th century America. It is one of only two rooms in the Cathedral not utilized as a classroom. Click on the link below to read an article about this haunting from the October 31, 2009 (Halloween) edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Details of claims of paranormal activity are included within the article.
Post Gazette Article
We have concluded analysis of the data we collected during our investigation at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning, which focused on the "Early American Room", a tribute to 17th century America. Unfortunately, we did not discover any documented evidence of paranormal activity during that analysis. We knew from the outset that audio evidence was going to be a challenge due to large amounts of external noise and music from a Christmas party taking place in another part of the building. We were also unable to capture any significant video or photographic evidence, although we did get a few orb photos in the upstairs (bedroom) area of the two floor room.
As for personal experiences, one of our investigators (Josh) did claim to hear an unidentified voice behind him. We cannot say for sure whether this was the voice of Martha Jane Poe, a distant relative of writer Edgar Allan Poe and one of the spirits who is said to haunt the room. Several of Martha Jane's personal items, which were donated by her granddaughter Maxine Bruhns, are part of the room's decor. Maxine, who was our host for the evening, has been director of the "Nationality Rooms" program since 1965.
Due to the unexpected external conditions which hampered our investigation, Maxine has invited us back in the spring. We are looking forward to a second opportunity to meet Martha Jane or any other spirit who may still linger in, or at the very least, pay the occasional visit to, this most interesting of locations.