May 20, 2011
The Beyond Reality Event with Ghost Hunters International has been changed. The date will now be June 24th-26th, the site for the event will be four locations in Haunted Porterville, California!! Join PGS and Barry Fitzgerald, Britt Griffith, Joe Chin, Paul Bradford, Susan Slaughter, Scott Tepperman, with special guests Chip Coffey from A&E's Pyschic Kids and Paranormal State also Bill Murphy from SyFy Channel's Fact or Faked!!
Follow the link below for more information and to sign-up!
April 3, 2011
A question for our friends...
What do the Porterville Ghost Society, Ghost Hunters International and Beyond Reality Events have in common...?
We will all be at Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park June 4th and 5th, 2011.
Allensworth has been chosen as the site for Beyond Reality Events to bring the Ghost Hunters International team for a weekend of lectures, investigations and loads of fun!!
Join Barry Fitzgerald, Britt Griffith, Joe Chin, Paul Bradford, Susan Slaughter, Scott Tepperman and the Porterville Ghost Society while they investigate this beautiful State Historical Park.
Follow the link below for more information and to sign-up!
See you there!!
March 23, 2011
Join us for more tours!!
Join PGS for another great Spirit Tour at the Porterville Historical Museum!
There will be a Spirit Tour Saturday, March 26, 2011 beginning at 8:00 PM. Once again your local TAPS Family members will guide you through an investigation of the Porterville Historical Museum. Bring your ghost hunting gear and have a unique experience with the Porterville Ghost Society.
PGS is presenting another LIVE performance at the Barn Theater!!!
Spirit Tours will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011. Tours start at 8:00 PM with a Q & A featuring PGS members and Barn Theater veterans followed by the investigation. The Barn Theater has proven to be an active location, checkout the PGS Barn Theater page here. All proceeds go directly to The Barn Theater. Join us on stage!
Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
Stay tuned for some exciting news!!!
March 9, 2011
Join us for back-to-back tours!!
Join PGS for another great Spirit Tour at the Porterville Historical Museum!
There will be a Spirit Tour Friday, March 11, 2011 beginning at 8:00 PM. Join your local TAPS Family members in an investigation of the Porterville Historical Museum. Bring your recorders, cameras, and EMF detectors to have a unique experience with the Porterville Ghost Society.
Lantern Tours at Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park!
Called the town that refused to die, Allensworth is now a California State Historical Park. on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 there will be two tours. Join Ranger Steve and PGS to experience for yourself "the town that refused to die." First tour at 8:30 pm, the second tour starts at 10:30 pm.
Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
Come see why Barry Fitzgerald from Ghost Hunters International enjoyed his visit to the Porterville Historical Museum and Allensworth State Historical Park!
January 30, 2011
Live at the Barn Theater!!
PGS is very pleased to announce the first ever Spirit Tours at the Barn Theater!!!
Spirit Tours will be held once a month beginning Saturday, February 12, 2011. Tours start at 8:00 PM with a Q & A featuring PGS members and Barn Theater veterans followed by the investigation. The Barn Theater has proven to be an active location, checkout the Barn Theater page here. All proceeds go directly to The Barn Theater. PGS is very proud to assist this staple of the community. Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
We will continue Spirit Tours at the Porterville Historical Museum, new dates will be announced soon.
Don't forget to "like" us on our Porterville Ghost Society Facebook page!
January 13, 2011
Happy New Year!!
PGS took a bit of a break for the holidays and kicked off 2011 with a great overnight investigation of Heritage Junction in Newhall, California with our extended family A.P.R.A. and PROPS!! A very big thank you to A.P.R.A. for setting that up!! We captured some very interesting EVPs and we are pouring through other data that we gathered. We will be creating another page for the Heritage Junction evidence soon. For more great evidence from previous investigations at Heritage Junction please visit A.P.R.A.'s website.
PGS will have Spirit Tours at the Porterville Historical Museum January 14th & 15th, and January 27th & 28th, 2011 beginning at 8:00 PM. Meet PGS team members and investigate the Porterville Historical Museum. Bring your recorders, cameras, and EMF detectors to have a unique experience with your local TAPS Family members, the Porterville Ghost Society. Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
Also, we will be adding the Barn Theater to the list of Spirit Tours once a month beginning Saturday, February 12, 2011. The Barn Theater has proven to be one of our most active locations, checkout the Barn Theater page on our website here. All proceeds go directly to The Barn Theater!! More details coming soon.
You may have noticed a link on our page to the Porterville Ghost Society Facebook page....click it! Come join us on Facebook and don't forget to "like" us
Oh yeah....stay tuned for something new....be on the lookout for P.A.P.S.!!!!
December 20, 2010
Museum Spirit Tours
PGS would like to invite you to more Spirit Tours at the Porterville Historical Museum.
Tours will be held January 14th & 15th, and January 27th & 28th, 2011 beginning at 8:00 PM. You will have the opportunity to meet the PGS team and join us in an investigation of the Porterville Historical Museum. Bring your recorders, cameras, and EMF detectors to have a unique experience with your local TAPS Family members, the Porterville Ghost Society. Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
Lending a Hand
On Saturday, December 18, 2010 the Porterville Ghost Society joined other volunteers at the Comision Honorifica Mexicana-Americana building in Porterville, CA to help make boxes of food for families in need this holiday season. There were many other organizations and individuals to volunteer and we were happy to help out. Around 600 boxes of food were distributed!! Read the article in the Porterville Recorder written by our friend Sabrina Ziegler.
November 28, 2010
Announcing Spirit Tours
PGS would like to announce Spirit Tours at the Porterville Historical Museum.
Tours will be held December 3rd & 4th, 2010 beginning at 8:00 PM. You will have the opportunity to meet the PGS team and join us in an investigation of the Porterville Historical Museum. Bring your recorders, cameras, and EMF detectors to have a unique Porterville experience with your local TAPS Family members, the Porterville Ghost Society. Contact PGS for more information and to sign-up!
See you there!!
November 16, 2010
Hello there...So, it's been awhile...
This is Bruno giving some updates.
I have taken on the task of updating the PGS website. Daniel left it looking great so I hope I don't screw it up! We have had a few changes since last time, personnel has changed, we have met new friends, and we are investigating more and more.
Kathy wants me to let you all know that 7 PGS members will travel to the Spalding Inn in Whitefield, New Hampshire for a TAPS Family get together next year. This will be a lot of fun!!
There will be a Beyond Reality Event in Porterville planned for this coming Spring, APRA and PROPS may be joining us for this event...stand-by for details as the event gets nearer.
Be on the lookout for Spirit Tours at the Porterville Historical Museum and Lantern Tours at Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park! Details coming up...
Keep checking back for updates!
April 28, 2010
I apologize for the delay in updating our news, we finally found a webmaster to help us out….Daniel’s back and at least is going to assist with updates….
TAPS is returning to Porterville, this time for 2 days of paranormal education and ghost hunting. We have added the Porterville Museum and the Santa Fe Depot to the lineup of locations to hunt at.
So if you are staying in town for the long Memorial Day weekend, join us for some fun, excitement, and meet some of the celebrities from one of the most well known ghost hunting groups in the world. Last year’s event sold out early, so go to www.theatlanticparanormalsociety.com to check out what is offered and reserve your spot.
PGS has ventured out to two new places; Allensworth State Historic Park and the Porterville Museum.
Allesworth State Historic Park
The location of one of the first organized African American communities in the western region, Allensworth is quite an active location. We have EVPs and lots of strange and exciting experiences. We have had the pleasure of going twice, the latest taking along our new paranormal friends, APRA. We are also planning to meet with State Park personnel to start developing evening tours. Keep an eye open for upcoming news about it…..
The Porterville Museum
The Porterville Museum has also been a fun place to investigate. Under the perfect hosting of Sheila Pickerell, the Museum, which once housed the Southern Pacific Railroad Station, has proven to be a strange place indeed. Group members have seen shadows, sounds of soft murmuring, whistling within the building from an unknown source and a woman saying “yes” when asked if some of the display items were hers. PGS is also planning to conduct evening tours at the Museum…we will keep you posted.
PGS has undergone many changes, members have come and gone, new members are in training and we have gone to a lot of exciting places. PGS is also proud to finally be a Limited Liability Corporation. That endeavor took a lot of hard work, planning and legal expertise to do it right. We finally did it!!!!
We have also listened to the public and are having t-shirts created for sale. Details of how to get your own PGS shirt will be made available as soon as they are ready.
PGS thanks you for all your support. Happy hunting!!!
October 12, 2009
A lot has happened since I last did an update. PGS has hosted the TAPS Boot Camp on October 10 and it was a huge success. All seating was sold out. We had to unfortunately turn people away at the door who wanted to attend.
The event’s highlight was actually hands on investigating with Ghost Hunters Britt Griffith and Amy Bruni. They were also assisted by Syd Schultz of West Coast TAPS. He is the equipment expert.
It was such a hit that TAPS member Britt Griffith wants to return in 6 months and turn it into a 2 day event and probably also annually. Thank you to everyone who showed their support.
Attendees learned different aspects of paranormal research. They learned about equipment, EVPs, types of hauntings, methods, haunted places etc. All I heard was positive remarks and saw a lot of happy faces.
We also were surprised by the visit of Rex Williams, who appears on the show Destination Truth. He had heard about the event and wanted to attend. He was well received and told me that he wants to come back and go on a ghost hunt with PGS.
Another bit of news…. PGS had the privilege of investigating Allensworth State Historical Park. This park is one of the very first African American communities. PGS is the first paranormal group to investigate for any activity. We came away with a deep respect for the efforts of this pioneering little village and also we caught some evidence.
We are currently in the process of setting up a page dedicated to Allensworth, with evidence and photos and their link.
I appreciate all your patience and waiting for an update….I promise not to take so long next time….thanks to all!!!!!
July 26, 2009
Just in case you keep up with my ramblings….this past month is again, super busy for PGS. The event for October 10, 2009 is official and you can see it at:
We are working at assisting TAPS staff for the upcoming TAPS Boot Camp with all the help they need, from coordinating meetings, business permits, site reviews and transportation to just being around for help in any way that is needed. We are excited that we are the host team and for the chance to learn from our mentors.
Not many big things come up our way in this area; it is literally a fantastic opportunity for the public to attend a paranormal event presented by an elite group of researchers. TAPS may not be the first ghost hunters in existence…but they are the finest we know (in addition to us of course). The event is also affordable and should prove to be a lot of fun.
If it proves to be successful, this will more than likely become an annual event. We are hopeful to see you out there and join in on the fun…you will not regret it.
PGS has also been extremely blessed with its very own sponsor. Our newest member, Shannon, has graciously offered to assist PGS in acquiring much needed equipment at his expense. He has a successful career and wanted to give back to a hometown ghost hunting group. We appreciate his help and generosity.
PGS is fast becoming a “known” group on the West coast…we earned that reputation by being hard working, proficient in our tasks and helping. See what some hard work can do?
See you all later and thanks for visiting…things to do and running out of time….yikes!!
June 26, 2009
TAPS Recognizes PGS...
On this very date, PGS was notified that they are now official TAPS Family Members!!!
Here is an excerpt from the letter received from Britt Griffith:
We would like to take a moment and extend some great news to you! We, TAPS Family Management are pleased to welcome you OFFICIALLY to the TAPS Family! After careful consideration, we have chosen your group to be added to our family. Just know that we field hundreds upon hundreds of applications monthly and yet we only have a goal to add 6-7, of the best of THOSE groups to our family, PER MONTH. Your team is one out of hundreds to make it!
Welcome to the elite.
In closing, we would like to say THANKS for your becoming a part of the TAPS Family. We look forward to many great things from you. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.
Welcome again, to the elite!
TAPS Family Manager
It has taken a lot of hard work, dedication and helping people in crisis to get us where we are today. It’s an achievement, a kind of reward and recognition that we take this “hobby” seriously. It is a validation of our efforts.
We also know there will be a high degree of expectation from not only TAPS, but from our clients. Rest assured we will always strive to do our best.
Peace to everyone…..Kat
June 24, 2009
PGS has been super busy with developing new investigation sites, training new members, watching current members grow into part of the core team and most of all....staying cool in the approaching heat. We have developed a new website (we are growing so it has to also) members have acquired new equipment and the most challenging thing of all...Kat, your writer, has turned 50!
We also have the excitement of being the host team for a TAPS Para 101 event, right here in Porterville! If all goes well, the tentative date is October 10, 2009 (just around the corner from Halloween.....my favorite holiday, I think its the candy thing). It is still in the early planning stages and venues are still being worked out, but we have high hopes it will become reality. So keep an eye out for updates.
PGS has also learned that TAPS West Coast are cool people. They have even experienced their own extraordinary event after dinner at a local pub. From now on when Britt says "Kat, there's a cop in your car"....I will believe him!
PGS has been notified that the group is on the "approval track" for TAPS Family Membership. It is a long process and not everyone makes it. So we are encouraged and quite happy with this...to us, becoming a TAPS Family Member is like getting the Quality Seal of Approval. It means we are legit and we take our investigating to the next level.
Until next time, we wish you a great summer, stay out of the sun, put on plenty of sunscreen and if you have a pool...invite PGS over. Happy Summer!!!
April 11, 2009
Keeping it Real
Hi everyone...I was looking at the website and realized...hey, no blog update! So here I am....updating. Alot has happened to our little group....no longer small and hidden. We have had the good fortune to be allowed to investigate at a local museum and have discovered (with documented evidence) that the Zalud House in our fair city has paranormal activity. We have had the support of local city officials and are appreciative of that. The word is spreading and we are working hard to keep our museum safe and also share....the response has been fantastic. Come and join us if you want to.....all we can guarantee is having some fun and meeting some good and real people. The rest is up to the spirits that still reside in the Zalud House.
PGS has had its growing pains...every organization does....and its settling into a pretty awesome group....they are great, hardworking, talented, eager and loyal people. We all care about each other like a big family. We got each other's backs. It has also been fun promoting PGS and meeting all the new people in this business. (Now business is a pretty wide word...we make absolutely no money doing this. If we charge for the Zalud...it goes right to the Zalud. It is a museum and guess what....tax deductible!)
The opportunities that are coming our way are not taken for granted...we see it as a reward for our integrity, honesty and hours of hard work. We look forward to meeting new people, going to new places and keeping our reputation as real as possible. Its actually quite easy....don't turn anything into a sideshow, don't insist on publicity, don't put your face or name on everything, accept no for an answer sometimes and leave it at that, be respectful and tolerant....be prepared to speak up if something is not right....especially if your reputation might be affected and be polite and nice.....always.
I hope you didn't get too bored with my blog...I am out of practice!!! I promise to come back more often and share some of my thoughts...I invite you to comment if you like, all I ask is keep it respectful. Thank you very much and have a Happy Easter....
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Atta Boy Luther!!!! Kids and Ghost Hunting.....
Hey Guys.....since Halloween is right around the corner (my favorite holiday and I know its Debbie's too).....we need to think about the kids. We all know how it felt to go trick or treating, telling each other scary stories, checking out the ghost story books, watching all the spooky movies.
The movies? The cheesier and gorier the better.... Who can forget the shhh, shhh, shhh to Friday the 13th? How about Halloween...that crazy music where you knew Michael was coming to get the girl? And who remembers that psychotic scene when Kurt Russell is heating up the alien blood in The Thing? Or The House on Haunted Hill....talk about a haunted house!! And one of my all time favorites...The Ghost and Mr Chicken....atta boy Luther!!!!
I have an idea that blossomed when I was talking to my sister (she was telling me that my nephew Cameron is so fired up about ghost hunting that he wants to go on one and he thinks his Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bruno are cool, isn't he an angel? )....Maybe we can start up a PGS Kids or Support Team type thing....kinda cool actually. So I think we are. How many of us started out doing this anyway because of an experience....WHEN WE WERE KIDS!?!?!
Lately I have been hearing, reading and viewing shows and articles about how the supernatural could be harmful to kids, I totally agree with that to some extent, considering their ages and inability to use sound judgement along with their inexperience. But if they are oriented, coached, monitored, taken along, educated and protected then what is the harm in it? I sure wouldn't take a 5 yr old youngster along...I know better than that, but I can gauge what I feel they can handle! I sure wish we had the use of KIIs, digital meters, a night shot camera, camcorders and a cool voice recorder...all we had in our day was a flashlight ( that was so dim we couldn't see anything) and our ears!
Anyway....just my thoughts on the subject....kids and ghosts are like french fries and ketchup, peanut butter and jelly, milk and oreos......they just naturally go together.....I can't wait to take him along some day....maybe to the cemetery just to get a feel for it. Why should we have all the fun? Who knows....maybe he's a natural.
Peace to all...........Kat
Friday, September 26, 2008
Getting Ready for the Next One......
Hi to whomever is following along with my random thoughts.....PGS is settling down and realizing how much work we have ahead of us. We are currently working on a confirmation for investigation at a local business and also given an assignment to research an area of a lynching that took place in the 1800's. This area has been reported to be very eerie, voices have been heard and a general feeling of despair....we are going to check it out, visit the sight and post our findings. If it is indeed a place that might give us some evidence...yes, we are gonna stay there all night! We have also been asked by civic groups to do some presentations for their members and classes....Halloween is just around the corner. PGS is moving right along, staying busy, making contacts, fielding calls and inquiries....if you need some feedback, advice or just some understanding people...give us a try. Thanks for reading this and also thanks for your support.
Kat of PGS
Monday, September 22, 2008
Back from the Wolfe
Wow peeps.....it was brutal! It is a fine balance between not looking too controlling and also giving the viewers some entertainment and always keeping it real. Some viewers who watch the Wolfe Show might think it is boring at times but ghosts do not run on our time, we are their guests, we take their cues. Until you have been there yourself, under the view of the camera and trying to record, film and document all at the same time, please be kind and patient on the investigating group. It is not easy...and we are brand new babies.....still learning to walk, stumbling and tripping along the way. But we also have heart and the desire to seek, attempt to find answers and experience the paranormal. There are great minds out there, mentors and educators who have years of experience over us and we welcome them as our teachers.....we want to someday be like them. We have a fantastic team.....every one of them gives all that they have....enthusiasm, cheerfulness, dedication, supportive and cooperative natures and sharing their ideas and labor. They are great. If you watched us and liked it....thank you for your support. If you watched us and didn't like us....thank you still, we will do better next time and appreciate that you decided to spend your night with us and shared our experiences. Thanks and have a wonderful week everybody!!! Kat of PGS
Thursday, September 11, 2008
October is just up the road and its already starting to taste like Halloween....a time when ghost hunters are in full party gear. PGS has been getting some inquiries for interviews.....maybe ghost hunting is not so freaky after all. It seems everyone wants a piece of the action. It is a fascinating adventure as well as an opportunity to make new friends, accept challenges and explore places you never thought you would. It also makes you really dig inside yourself.....finding out what you are made of, seeking anwers and discovering truths.
Ghost hunters are scattered in all areas.....some are cops, some are teachers, nurses, social workers, bean counters, administrators, blue and white collars......all seeking an adventure, bonding with others who have the same interests and goals and above all....helping to understand what a spirit is.
Groups are growing.....proof this isn't just a fad....some collaborate, some are individuals and many are teachers and guides. If you ever want to know "what goes bump in the night" or it is something you always wanted to do......come join us. Even if its just to satisfy a bit of curiousity.
Peace everyone.........Kat of PGS