OZ Museum & Columbian Theatre
Date: December 10th, 2011
Address: OZ Museum Columbian Theatre
511 Lincoln Street 521 Lincoln Street
Wamego, KS 66547 Wamego, KS 66547
Phone #: OZ: (785)458-8686 Columbian: (785)456-2029
Website: OZ: www.ozmuseum.com Columbian: www.columbiantheatre.com
Participants: Jason Kupzyk, Mike Hunter + 3 additional investigators
Staff Participants: Jordan, Aleasha, Salina
Moon Phase: Full Solar X-Rays: Active Geomagnetic Field: Storm
Description: The story of the Columbian Theatre started over 100 years ago when J.C. Rogers, a banker in
Wamego, went to the world fair of 1893 in Chicago, IL. The fair was also called the 1893 World's
Columbian Exposition. The expo celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the
new world. The glorious "White City" as the fair was know, included 200 buildings over 633
acres. At the close of the fair Rogers brought paintings and other artifacts back to Wamego to
put in to the theatre. In 1912 silent films were shown followed by "talkies" in 1929. It remained a
community center through WWII. In 1950 the theatre closed for 40 years and sat abandoned, the only
that kept the building from being demolished was a small furniture store that remained open on the
ground floor. Today a $1.8 million renovation has restored it to its former glory. The only history we
could find on the OZ museum is that at one time it had been a furniture store as well.
On the ground level of the theatre it is frequently reported that people have heard "poping" or
"dropping" sounds in the northwest corner of the art gallery. Voices on the main floor of the Theatre.
Staff have reported hearing carnival music coming from the stage. The sound of some one walking
across the stage and then a curtain moving was seen by one of the staff members. There was a report
footsteps coming up the stairs behind the stage but no one was there. Construction sounds are
heard coming from the theatre when no one is up there. We also found a report of a chair moving under
a table as if someone was scooting in the chair without anyone sitting in it.
Investigator # 1 "The OZ museum and Columbian Theatre were a real joy to investigate with all of their rich history. This was the
only place thaI have been where I did a solo investigation as well even though the other team members were in the next room
down. I sat in thethe sound booth of the Columbian theatre by myself for about 30 minutes with an IR camera on me which was
We caught a lot of evidence that was not heard at the time but rather caught upon later review of the evidence. He and I were sitting in awomen’s dressing room underneath of the stage and we noticed that it sounded like someone was walking around and movingthings above us on the stage.
We were curious to see if the other team members were doing things up there so we went to ask
them only to find out that no one was on the stage at that time. Other than this happening most of what I felt or heard was
marked up as nerves and normal noises made by a settling building."
Investigator # 2
OZ MUSEUM - Several sounds heard not recorded, cold spots felt, and shadows seen by the small theater.
COLUMBIAN THEATER - Whispering in my ear in the women's dressing room during the inital walk thru and again during the
investigation. Saw morgue door move slightly.
Jason: "I experienced a few things in both places. In the Oz museum, while we were in the upstairs, I heard what sounded like the
door that leads into the museum slammed shut. An investigator and I ran down there to see if anyone had entered the museum but
there was no one there. While I was in the basement of the Oz museum by myself i heard whistling and also caught on a recording. I personally did not experience anything at the theater."
Conclusion: We believe that both places are haunted.