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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 19, 2022 – Join Missouri State Museum Educator Lucas Schwartze, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, as he explores what is known about one of the most famous instances of exorcism in America.

The 1971 book “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty and the 1973 film it inspired shocked American audiences. There were reports of people leaving the theaters due to fear, and even fainting, during screenings. What might have added to the shock factor was the notice the book and film were inspired by real events that took place in St. Louis.

The Missouri State Museum’s “Landing after Hours” program is held monthly on the first Wednesday at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St. in Jefferson City. Doors of the Lohman Building classroom open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Convenient parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building.

In addition to being held in person, this program will also be livestreamed on the Missouri State Museum’s Facebook page at For more information, call 573-751-2854. 

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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