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Gift to America 2.0: Program 3 (10/5/2022)

An exhibit of art inspired by the Maxo Vanka murals and programming related to it.

Program 3

Program 3

"Vanka’s Ghost and Other Local Hauntings"

Tom White, University Archivist and local historian, will tell the story of Vanka’s experiences with a spirit while he painted his murals, and will share some stories of hauntings at other local institutions. Ted Bergfelt, Humanities Librarian, will give a book talk on The Muralist’s Ghost, a novel by Karen Mocker Dabson.

  • Wednesday, October 5
  • 12:00-1:00 pm
  • 5th Floor
  • Free and open to the public

The novel, The Muralist's Ghost, by Karen Mocker Dabson, can be purchased through Click here to order. 

  • Paperback: $12.99
  • Kindle ebook: $6.99 - You do not need to have a Kindle to buy and read this ebook, but can download the free Kindle app to read the book on any device.

The novel is also available through Hoopla for free as an ebook to anyone with a library card from an Allegheny County library. Click here to access Hoopla.

Print copies can be borrowed from Gumberg Library, Call Number: PS3604.A7 M87 2022x - 2nd Floor (Click the call number to see if the book is available for borrowing.)

Print copies of the novel can be borrowed from four Allegheny county libraries for those with a card from their local public library.

Archivist Tom White telling the Vanka ghost story

University Archivist Tom White shares the story of Vanka's ghost and tales of haunted Duquesne. The image on the screen is Vanka's sketch of the spirit. (Used with the kind permission of the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka.)


The audience for the presentation