Sunday, March 30, 2014


                                                                      Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, IL

Story by (TCM)
Photo's by Ed Emmons

Local Author Sylvia Shults was the guest speaker Friday evening at the Tazewell County Museum's Annual membership meeting at the Pekin Public Library. Shults gave a riveting presentation on her book "Fractured Spirits" which is about the Peoria State Hospital located in Bartonville, IL. The Hospital closed in 1973. Shults who has written 11 books throughout her career, writes mostly about ghost.

Left: Author Sylvia Shults gives a presentation on her book "Fractured Spirits" Friday evening

Shults told the audience that as a child she could not get enough of ghost stories. As she was writing her book "Ghost of the Illinois River", she kept hearing from people about ghost stories from the Peoria State Hospital, so she decided to check it out. During her writing of the book, Shults talked with relatives of past patients, nurses, and paranormal investigators in writing this book.

Shults calls the Hospital a "Perfect Storm" for it to be haunted. Physical property, limestone, running water. Historical: Native American presence. Patients belongings still there, and a care of patients.

Right: Shults new book "Fractured Spirits"

After giving her presentation, Shults took questions from the audience and signed books.

Museum Director Christal Dagit then gave an overview of the Museum's goals and financial picture.

Left: Author Sylvia Shults talks with audience members and signs her book.