So, today, I decided to look around for more information on the building in my previous post, Academy of Holy Angels. I began to enter the search term "Academy of Holy Angels history" into Google's search box but up popped the suggested terms. One read "Academy of Holy Angels haunted". Curiousity gripped me and I changed my search term to the new one. This led me to the Shadowlands website and its listing of "Haunted Locations in Minnesota". The building has two listings:
The first reads: "It is said that on the third floor in room 394 there is a ghost janitor that hung himself there years ago. He still lurks in the room at night and, once in a while, during school hours. September 2004 Correction: A former student has informed us the above information is incorrect. In the late '70s, there was a studen that hung himself in the janitor room... next to the bell tower. To this day, there are still apparitions appearing. And haunting footsteps."
Ha! So, I was right. There IS a bell tower in that building.
The second entry reads: "There have been sightings of spirits in the theatre. The upper balcony is where there has been spiritual activity spotted. It is said that whomever it is sits there and watches the plays and has been spotted on many occasions."
Which isn't very descriptive at all. What kind of spiritual activity? Is it a man or a woman? Or just a presence that flips down one of the seats and boos at the unknowing actors?
Of course, this all has to be taken with a grain of salt. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this IS an internet source and bored people love to pass on urban legends. I'm sure the website owner isn't one but his or her sources may be questionable. I can already see incomplete information in the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis) entry. They fail to mention that the ghostly usher supposedly hasn't been seen since a seance or a cleansing or something of that nature was performed to contact the ghost.
Visit the full list at http://theshadowlands.net/places/minnesota.htm
Eventually, I went back to looking up the history of the building and found a small section on the school's own web page. The Academy of Holy Angels has existed in various forms since 1851 when four Catholic nuns from Missouri taught in a log chapel. The current building, however, wasn't opened unti 1931 and was "surrounded by cornfields". It's definitely not surrounded by cornfields anymore. The corner of 66th and Nicollet is one of the busiest in the metro area. To the school's north, east, and northeast are three different strip malls which usually have fairly full parking lots. About a half-mile to the west, high-rise apartment buildings can be seen jutting in the sky.
Anyway, a more complete history of the Academy of Holy Angels can be found at: http://www.academyofholyangels.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=220