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10.12.19 - SALEM, MA

What’s heavier than an elephant, longer than a brontosaurus, and large enough to park five, full-size eighteen-wheelers on? The World’s Largest Ouija Board, or as we like to call him, OUIJAZILLA!, more than a year in the making, created by our very own TBHS Vice President, Rick “Ormortis” Schreck! On October 12, 2019, Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, vice president and director for the Talking Board Historical Society, unleased the beast, crushing the current Guinness world record set on October 28, 2016 by almost two-and-a-half times the size. To put this in perspective, because “size matters”, the finished board is longer than a brontosaurus, weighs more than a six-ton elephant, and is large enough to park five eighteen-wheelers on it!

9.22.18 - DENVER, CO

Helen Peters Nosworthy, affectionately know as the “Mother of the Ouija Board,” is the woman responsible for giving the Ouija its mysterious name. Her identity was originally discovered by TBHS founder Robert Murch, in a series of letter printed in the Baltimore Sun when the founders of Ouija took their grievances with one another public. Letters from both Charles Kennard, the man who claimed to invent Ouija and his friend and business partner Elijah Bond, the man who patented Ouija, stated that a woman by the name of “Miss Peters, Bond’s sister-in-law” who was known as a “strong medium,” asked the then-unnamed talking board what it would like to be called.


Planchette to Baphomet,
Ouija’s Deal with the Devil

10.07.17 - SALEM, MA

On October 7, 2017, the Talking Board Historical Society joined with the Satanic Temple to bring the exhibition “Planchette to Baphomet, Ouija’s Deal with the Devil” to Salem, Massachusetts. The evening included lectures by TBHS directors John Kozik and Calvin Von Crush. Directors Robert Murch and Rick “Ormortis” Schreck helped with a question and answer session afterwards. Discussed were the Ouija board’s dark and mysterious history and its association with good and evil through the years.


In 2016, the SFO Museum partnered with the TBHS to create “The Mysterious Talking Board – Ouija and Beyond.” It was the first large-scale West Coast exhibit of talking boards from TBHS directors Gene Orlando and Robert Murch and was available to anyone arriving or departing Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. The SFO Museum has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport and it was really apparent why after seeing the effort put forth in this amazing exhibition.


In 2015, the Talking Board Historical Society hosted OuijaCon, a three-day conference and celebration of the Ouija board’s 125th birthday at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel. Organized and opened by Robert Murch, this first of its kind event included lectures from the TBHS and members of the paranormal community ...


In 2012, the TBHS collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Industry to host a first-ever of its kind exhibit displaying talking boards from the many eras of its long history. The exhibit, named “Let the Spirit Move You: Ouija, Baltimore’s Mystifying Oracle” highlighted the Ouija’s deep connections to Maryland and Baltimore’s past, from its “invention” by Charles Kennard and/or E.C. Reiche in Chestertown, MD in 1886, to its long history of manufacture in Baltimore from 1890-1966.


In 2009, the TBHS worked to bring recognition to William Fuld’s iconic Harford Avenue Ouija factory, built after the Ouija told William Fuld to “prepare for big business.” Fuld reacted by purchasing a block of land across the street from his old address of 1208 Federal Street, and  the three story, thirty-six thousand square foot factory at 1508-1514 Harford, Lamont and Federal opened its doors in late 1918. It was unlike anything built in Baltimore at that time, and cost one-hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars!


In 2007, after a 15-year search, TBHS founder Robert Murch located Elijah Jefferson Bond’s unmarked grave in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. A year later, together with generous donations from Ouija enthusiasts, the cooperation of the cemetery itself, and the blessing of Bond descendants Walter Dent Jr. (Bond’s great grand nephew!) and his daughter Winifred Pierce, a new memorial monument was erected to mark Bond’s grave and commemorate his involvement with the Ouija.

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