the Fox Sisters
174 years ago today the Fox Sisters publicly demonstrated Evidential Mediumship.  This demonstration occurred in Corinthian Hall here in Rochester, New York on November 14, 1849. Their bravery in this act caused Spiritualism to become a worldwide movement. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, “It was no new gift they exhibited, it was only that their courageous action in making it widely known made others come forward and confess that they possessed the same power. Also this universal gift of mediumistic faculties now for the first time began to be freely developed. The result was that mediums were heard of in ever-increasing numbers.”

How it All Began

The Fox Sisters, particularly Margaretta (Maggie), Kate, and later their older sister Leah, played a pivotal role in the history of Spiritualism.  This event marked the beginning of their public careers as mediums.  This is considered a key moment in the spread of Spiritualism.

The Fox Sisters claimed to communicate with the spirit of a deceased peddler, and their method involved a series of coded raps that supposedly conveyed messages from the spirit world. The sisters gained fame for their demonstrations, attracting the attention of a wide audience. The Rochester knockings sparked widespread interest in spiritualism and the possibility of communicating with the dead.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the renowned author and spiritualist, highlighted the impact of the Fox Sisters’ actions in popularizing mediumship. Doyle noted that their courage in making their abilities known inspired others.  This allowed them to come forward and acknowledge their own mediumistic gifts. This, in turn, contributed to the growth of Spiritualism as a global movement during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Fox Sisters Legacy

It’s worth mentioning that over time, the Fox Sisters’ careers faced controversy and skepticism. In later years, Maggie and Kate confessed to some of their methods being fraudulent, and the sisters’ reputation became tarnished. Their early contributions to the Spiritualist movement are still remembered and acknowledged.

Spiritualism profoundly impacted society, influencing various aspects of culture, religion, and even politics during the 19th century. This movement incorporated significant elements such as mediums, seances, and the exploration of the afterlife.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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