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Allison Jornlin

Recipient of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference's 2016 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award, Allison Jornlin has been investigating hauntings and other strange phenomena for more than 20 years.  Inspired by Chicago’s Richard Crowe, who kickstarted U.S. ghost tourism in 1973, she developed Milwaukee’s first haunted history tour in 2008.  Since then Allison has led numerous haunted history tours and presented talks on a variety of Fortean topics — poltergeists, UFOs, cryptids, demonic possession, etc.  Allison has been featured on TV, radio, and in print and has contributed research to books, articles, and podcasts.  She frequently works with paranormal teams to investigate historic buildings, providing witness interviews and archival research to facilitate their efforts.

Allison's keen interest in pedagogy and the metaphysics of the 550+ original nations of the Americas ultimately resulted in a teaching career at an intertribal elementary school.  The on-going learning opportunities offered by this community combined with recent paranormal occurrences in her life have transformed Allison's worldview from unchallenged skepticism to a broader, more balanced perspective.  Although the scientific method is still Allison’s primary approach, she came to realize that ancient ways of seeing can also inform and enrich our otherwise limited experience.  It’s this unique perspective which has led Allison to a cross cultural study of the surprising similarities between traditional Hawaiian tales and the lore of the mainland in the U.S. and abroad.

 One of Allison's favorite spots in Hawaii is Oahu's Byodo-In Temple.

One of Allison's favorite spots in Hawaii is Oahu's Byodo-In Temple.

Allison believes it’s always best to think for yourself.  Suspicious of the unsubstantiated claims of both believers and self-described skeptics, she suspects the truth lies somewhere in-between these two extremes. The lives and work of those that have gone before often times teach us more than the current squabbles in the field, according to Allison.  She studies the contributions of trailblazers like writer/researcher Catherine Crowe, the original ghost hunter, who introduced the term poltergeist into English usage and compiled scores of thrilling paranormal accounts into an international best-seller called The Night Side of Nature: Or, Ghosts and Ghost Seers in 1848.

The decolonization of belief is also a very important concept for Allison.  She welcomes today’s paranormal researchers to look to other cultures and times for the innovations that elude the popular mindset.  She believes we will only advance paranormal research through a willingness to break through the current paradigm and seek solutions both cross-culturally and throughout history.

You can hear Allison on See You on the Other Side, her brother Mike Huberty’s weekly paranormal podcast.  She frequently assists by planning podcast content, scheduling guests, and providing research, writing, and expert commentary.

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 Eating fruit can be an adventure too!  Here's Allison's exotic fruit checklist! 

Eating fruit can be an adventure too! Here's Allison's exotic fruit checklist! 

 Scoop it, blend it, fry it, and you've got pancakes! The easiest gluten-free recipe on the planet! I bet you couldn't tell the difference between  breadfruit  pancakes and the boring, old wheat ones.

Scoop it, blend it, fry it, and you've got pancakes! The easiest gluten-free recipe on the planet! I bet you couldn't tell the difference between breadfruit pancakes and the boring, old wheat ones.

When Allison visits Hawaii this time she hopes to make breadfruit pancakes, drink a pile of young coconuts, camp on the beach, stargaze on Maui's Mt. Haleakalā, and stuff her face with exotic fruit on a tour of ONO Organic Farms.



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