The Ghost of Nebraska Wesleyan University

September 30th, 2008

On the morning of October 3rd, 1963, Coleen Buterbaugh, who was the secretary at the University of Nebraska Wesleyan, was asked to deliver a message to someone in the White Memorial Building. As Coleen walked through the halls she looked into a room and noticed the figure of woman in front of what seemed to be a music cabinet. The figure was tall and thin and had her arm extended as if she was reaching for something in the cabinet. The figure then disappeared into thin air.

Immediately after, Coleen looked out the window where normally she would see the school’s dorm building and a street. However, when she looked out all she saw was grass and trees. Also, even though it was the fall, she had the feeling she was looking out at a summer day because everything seemed so still to her. This is when she realized that she had been placed into a moment back in time. After this experience, Coleen did some research and found out that a lady had been a teacher that looked exactly like the figure she saw. Her name was Miss Mills, and she was a faculty member at the University from 1912 to her death in 1936, which was about 30 years removed from Coleen’s experience.

(Source: Cohen, Daniel. Hauntings and Horrors. 2002)

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    October 20th, 2011 at 16:22 | #1

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  2. Jim Shorney
    November 10th, 2011 at 05:03 | #2

    I am the president of the Nebraska Paranormal Society, and I’ve recently heard about another ghost floating around Wesleyan. From the several accounts I’ve collected, I’ve learned that back in 1982 a man died in the northernmost pod on the second floor of Centennial Hall. Since then, students have been hearing odd, scratching noises emanating from their closet doors, and on numerous occasions reported a distinct chill passing through their room, even on the hottest of days. The chill lingers in their room for several seconds, and then “moves on.” There have also been reports of a “musty smell” lingering in the pod for extended periods of time. There is no discernible source for the smells and they seem to stay in one room, and then move to the next room after a time. The man supposedly, though the official report does not specify, committed suicide in his room, room 227.

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