This event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is preceded with a tour at 5:30 p.m. of the Fallon House historic site.
Historian and biographer Mary Jo Ignoffo discusses the variety of personas attached to Sarah Winchester during her lifetime and more recently, particularly since a feature film starring Helen Mirren was released.
Rarely is one individual assigned as many incarnations as Sarah L. Winchester, the reclusive heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune.
She has been variously described as a sedate Victorian lady, an obsessive adherent of Spiritualism, a moderately successful fruit farmer, a dabbler in the paranormal, an amateur architect, and a quirky neighbor.
But according to archival records unearthed by historian Mary Jo Ignoffo, much of the second half of Winchester’s eighty-three years was aimed not at dodging ghosts but at funding a tuberculosis hospital, the disease that stole her husband.
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