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About Ursula Bielski


Historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, Ursula Bielski has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for more than 16 years. A recognized authority on the Chicago region's ghostlore and cemetery history, she is the author of four popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, all published by Lake Claremont Press.

Ursula's interests in ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer. Since that time she has been involved in numerous investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as Wrigley Field; the Red Lion Pub, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, and the Oshkosh, WI, Opera House.

Aside from her writing, Ursula has been featured on several television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio, and lectures throughout the year at various libraries, historical and professional societies. In addition to her books, Ursula is the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology. Ursula is a past editor of PA News, the quarterly newsletter of the Parapsychological Association, a past president and board member of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and has membership in the Society of Midland Authors.

A graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago, Ursula holds a B.A. degree in history from Benedictine University and an M.A. in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology; and the relationship between belief, experience, science, and religion.