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October 22, 2004

MHC Ghost Story to Air on Travel Channel

"Haunted Campuses,” a Travel Channel production that includes a segment focusing on Mount Holyoke, will air Sunday, October 24, at 9 pm and midnight.

The MHC segment tells one of the College’s many ghost stories: the legend of a portrait that supposedly drove a student to madness. According to the legend, the discovery of a “scandalous affair” between founder Mary Lyon and Deacon Porter, one of the College’s earliest and most influential supporters, led Porter’s wife, Hannah, to vow revenge on Mary Lyon. She exacted her revenge in the afterlife, the legend goes, when the staring eyes of Hannah’s portrait drove an MHC student to madness. While this has no basis in fact, the legend fits the program’s promise of “ghost-laden locales, spine-chilling lore, strange phenomena, and haunted tales.”

A film crew from Authentic Entertainment, which produced the program for the Travel Channel, spent two days on campus this past spring, re-enacting some of the campus’s ghost stories and filming background footage. Filming took place in Wilder, 1837, Skinner, and North Rockefeller halls and the Art Museum, as well as at various outdoor locations across the campus. The crew also filmed members of the College community talking about life at MHC today.

Also included in the “Haunted Campuses” program are Notre Dame, Illinois State University, the Ringling School of Art and Design, and Keene State College.

The program will be rebroadcast October 28 at 10 pm, October 29 at 1 am, and December 18 at 9 pm and midnight.


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