The 6th annual Oklahoma Paranormal Conference is slated for April 23, 2011 in the historic Centre Theater in downtown El Reno.  El Reno has been the location of the conference for several years due to the historical significance, tourism opportunities, preservation efforts, great people and of course because it’s on Route 66.  In the past the conference has been held at the Elk’s Lodge and this will be its first year at the theater.

Each year the conference brings speakers from all over the country to discuss the latest topics in the paranormal field.  This year the promoters, authors of the book, “Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Oklahoma’s Haunted History”, decided to focus more on Oklahoma.

Ken Gerhard is an accomplished cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute and consultant for various paranormal groups. He has investigated reports of monsters and mysterious beasts around the world including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabras, winged creatures and even werewolves. In addition to appearing in three episodes of the television series Monster Quest (History Channel), Ken is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well as Legend Hunters (Travel Channel/A&E), Paranatural (National Geographic) and Ultimate Encounters (truTV). His credits include appearances on Eyewitness News, Coast to Coast AM, and Ireland’s Newstalk, as well as being featured in major books, DVDs and in articles by the Associated Press, Tampa Tribune and Brownsville Herald. Ken is author of the book Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters as well as the co-author of Monsters of Texas (with Nick Redfern) and has contributed to trade publications including Animals and Men, The Journal of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Bigfoot Times. He currently lectures and exhibits at various, conferences and events across the United States. Born on Friday the 13th of October, Ken has traveled to twenty-six different countries and has visited forty-three of the states. An avid adventurer, he has camped along the Amazon, explored the Galapagos, hiked the Australian Outback and has visited many ancient and mysterious sites, from Machu Pichu to Stonehenge.

Teri White (French), is the author of “Tulsa’s Haunted Memories” which was released in October, 2010. She resides in Broken Arrow, OK with her husband Russell and 3 children.

Researching Tulsa’s haunted past for over a decade she has established herself as an authority on local folklore and legends of Tulsa and surrounding areas. She has been featured on both national and local television programs such as The Travel Channel, Discover Oklahoma, Women’s Entertainment and several others. Teri founded Tulsa Spirit Tours in 2002 with a focus to educate the public about Tulsa’s history, promote travel and tourism and keep the stories alive for future generations.

Cullan Hudson is the author of Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma, a nonfiction collection of weird-but-true tales from the Sooner State. Many of these he investigated first hand, bringing to light new insights to old tales and uncovering legends never before read in any other collection. In addition to this work, Hudson has also penned the short story “The Iron Door: Curse of the Sierra Jumanos,” which was featured in the 2005 Red Dirt Anthology and his op-ed pieces have been read across the country. Hudson is the co-author of the forthcoming supernatural novel, The Mound, and he entertains readers daily at the popular blog, Strange State. Hudson grew up in Oklahoma but has traveled the world researching mysteries and legends, from a rumored holy grail in a Spanish cathedral to the mysterious moving graves of Barbados’ Chase Vault. Hudson even lived in Puerto Rico for several years, researching that island’s many mysteries, including the famed Chupacabras.

Tammy Wilson grew up in Enid, graduated from Enid High School, and studied Political Science at Phillips University and Journalism and Drama at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.  She is a paralegal in Enid and was recently elected as a City Commissioner and will take office in May, 2011.

Wilson has been active in Enid for several years and is a member of Leadership Greater Enid Class XVII.  She is the creator and coordinator of Enid’s Halloween festival, Scare on the Square, as well as Oklahoma’s only bacon festival, Baconalia, and co-coordinator of the Fling at the Springs music festival that takes place.a Government Springs Park.  She also facilitates “I Love Enid,” the umbrella organization for these events that also provides the community with a website that lists places to go and a comprehensive calendar of things to do in Enid as well as assists other organizations with event planning and fund raising such as United Way’s 2nd Chance Dance, Enid’s Grown Up Prom.  All of these projects are not only to enhance the quality of life in Enid, but also to enhance the local economy by promoting Enid activities and businesses.

Tammy is married to Marty Wilson, and they have four children.  She enjoys studying local history and lore and is the co-author of the book, “Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Oklahoma’s Haunted History” which has proven to be a successful tourism tool for several Oklahoma communities, including Enid.  As the founder of Eerie Oklahoma, she also conducts a historical ghost town tour of four Oklahoma counties and the Eerie Enid tour as well.

Tonya Hacker is the co-author of the Oklahoma book series titled “Ghostlahoma” after her years of being a paranormal investigator, she decided to write a book about all the great places in the state of Oklahoma. Tonya is a well known blogger for NewsOK and has earned the title as a practical common sense paranormal investigator across the nation and in the state of Oklahoma. She has over 12 years experience in paranormal research and has developed a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to things that may, or may not go “bump in the night”. Tonya is a nationally recognized public speaker that has emphasis concerning the phenomenon known as EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) Tonya currently is speaking at schools, libraries and Oklahoma college symposiums. She takes pride in offering a fun, practical, educational and sometimes eyebrow raising presentation while taking a critical approach concerning subjects of the unexplained.

Abandoned Oklahoma will be making their first appearance at the conference this year.  Abandoned Oklahoma is dedicated to preserving Oklahoma’s past through photography and documentation of the last days of great places all over the state. They started AbandonedOK.com as a weekend hobby and have been overwhelmed with interest and it has turned into quite the project. They are passionate about architecture and preservation and wanted to share with the world the beautiful locations they come across. The AbandonedOK Team is composed of two native Oklahomans, Cody and Justin. Cody has a background in architecture while Justin’s experience is in the television industry.

For ticket information and all the pertinent lodging and travel information, please visit the website.