Lily Dale Assembly: Home of America’s Oldest Pet Cemetery

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Lily Dale Pet Cemetery cat angelLily Dale Assembly, a Spiritualist community in Western New York, is home to the oldest known cemetery devoted to companion animals in the United States. It sits in the beautiful Leolyn Woods, an old-growth forest, at the back of the Assembly grounds. Spiritualists believe that mediums can communicate with people who’ve passed on to the afterlife. Just as people remember the friends and family they’ve loved, many also seek a way to memorialize animal companions who have given them so much comfort and joy in life. The pet cemetery serves as the final resting place for the pets of many Lily Dale residents, as well as memorializing other animals that have passed on to spirit.  Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: How the World’s Largest Spiritualist Center Came to Be

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Lily Dale signHave you ever sought spiritual guidance? Desired to receive the wisdom and reassurance of those who have passed to the afterlife? Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York creates a beautiful setting for those seeking connection with the spirit world. As the world’s largest spiritualist community, Lily Dale is a site of historical, cultural, and spiritual significance.

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A Fox Short: Rescuing Ghosts

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RescuingGhostsWith the silence within you,
With the darkness around you,
The ghosts can talk with no fear,
hoping you can hear.

We are always glad to find good fox-related digital art. “Rescuing Ghosts” is a poignant, wordless animated short about a vixen by furry artist Tirrel featuring music by composer Fox Amoore. Continue reading

The Fox Sisters: A Short Film by The Animation Workshop

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Fox Sisters framed

“The Fox Sisters” is an animated short film created in 2010 by Stine Nymand Svensson and Elianna Morningstar Hansen as part of The Animation Workshop.  The video is based on a concept by Laura Büchert Schjødt and is loosely based on the story of the Hydesville Fox sisters who gave birth to the Spiritualist movement in the United States. The film portrays older sister Leah abandoning younger sisters Katie and Maggie, then constructs an account of their childhood showing the siblings falling into questionable professional and family customs. This short film is beautifully animated. The colors and imagery of “The Fox Sisters” reflect the darkness of the fictionalized characters’ experience.

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Another Supernatural Fox Sister

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Fox Sisters panelThe excellent and scary webcomic The Fox Sister has its roots in a Korean fairy tale of the same name. The comic, still in progress and updated on Tuesdays (when the artists are not too busy with other things!), is set in Seoul in the late 1960s. It is the story of a young Mugyo priestess and her battle with a kumiho—a nine-tailed werevixen demon. Continue reading

The original Fox Sisters

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Fox Cottage

Drawing by Kate Tibbetts from The true story of the Fox Sisters, at thefoxsisters.com

Do you want to learn more about Margaret and Kate Fox? Artist and Writer Kate Tibbetts has created a fantastic webcomic that explains what happened in 1848 at their Hydesville, NY house. Her comic is beautiful and interesting.

Check it out at http://www.thefoxsisters.com. Like us, but without the supernatural.

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The Other Fox Sisters and the Spiritualist Movement

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excerpt from A Fox Family History by Kevin A. Fox:

The Fox Sisters and the Birth of Spiritualism

There seems to be in the Fox family a strength and peculiar ability … an innate something which attracts and inspires.
—Mariam Buckner Pond, 1947

Introduction

The cottage where Margaret and Katie Fox first communicated with spirits.

The cottage where Margaret and Katie Fox first communicated with spirits.

My children grew up in Fredonia, New York, just five miles north of Lily Dale Assembly, which bills itself as “The World’s Largest Center for the Science, Philosophy and Religion of Spiritualism.” During the summer months it is the largest community of “spiritualists” in the US. The Fox sisters of Hydesville, New York are still celebrated worldwide as key figures in establishing the Spiritualism movement in the US and Europe in the mid-nineteenth century (Putnam, 2003). They are still spoken of reverently in Lily Dale, where one can see various monuments to their work—the Lily Dale Museum is filled with documents and relics relating to their lives. While I remain a curious skeptic, my daughters and their friends have more directly investigated the possibility of communication with spirits by having occasional “readings” by resident “mediums.” When they tell me the results of their readings I am often at a loss to explain how the “counselors” come by the information they seem to possess. If you travel to Western New York, I urge you to schedule a personal reading with any of the celebrated “mediums” at Lily Dale and make your own determination.

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