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Spectres of Benton County Past is a county-wide clue hunt mystery featuring the rich stories of Benton County’s captivating history told through the voices of its colorful residents from centuries long spent. Read More About Becoming A Sponsor....
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Your Contact for Further Info, Brainstorming, etc.: Adrienne Fritze, (541) 250-2027, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for your sponsorship reservation is Monday, April 25th! Be prepared to send us your hi-resolution logo and a tagline for inclusion in your Level's various media on that date as we go to print shortly after. :D
Brief Overview of Spectres Past
SSpectres of Benton County Past is a county-wide clue hunt mystery featuring the rich stories of Benton County’s captivating history told through the voices of its colorful residents from centuries long spent.
The first Spectres experience was kicked off in 2021. Players explored local historic sites including the Benton County Courthouse and the Grange on Greenberry Road; they met folks like Frank Clayton and George Davis, dubbed the “bungling robbers.” (These two characters might have gotten away with their pilfered loot, save for one small thing - the Chief of police discovered their pawn claim stubs lying around the messy burglars' abandoned campsite.) Spectres’ spectres speak to the players through a series of riddles and a variety of puzzles, each revealing clues to pieces of the story. Players are guided by voices from the past to each destination in the game, leading them to discover the alluring history of this county in the Pacific Northwest.
The Benton County Historic Resources Commission re-engaged Conundrum House to create their 2nd season of Spectres, the development of which is currently underway.
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Meet the Storytelling Partners
Benton County Historic Resources Commission
The Historic Resources Commission consists of seven volunteer members from the Benton County Community. The commission is state-mandated and was created to implement a county-wide historic preservation program (ORS 358.622). The program includes:
> Heightening the public's awareness of our historic heritage;
> Coordinating the local program with statewide and federal preservation programs;
> Maintaining a library on historic properties and information on preservation techniques for the public's use at the Benton County Historical Museum; and
> Overseeing the Benton County Register of Historic Resources.
Check out the details of all the events happening by CLICKING HERE to see, and download, the full calendar of events.
Tucked away on the 2nd floor of the Welsher Building in downtown Corvallis, above Castor Restaurant, is a hidden, unexpected gem. Walking into the space through the retro beaded curtain doorway you are immediately swept away by two things:
1) games everywhere - on shelves, mounted like art on the walls, on tables sprinkled throughout 1200 sf of gaming space; and
2) it feels like a well curated and appointed period salon that you’d expect to find in the home of a steampunk game master - complete with ancient treasures, photos, gadgets and mechanical toys. The place is Conundrum House.
Conundrum House offers immersive play and game experiences to families, college students and people throughout our community who love tabletop and escape games as well as live-action role-playing whodunits!
Located at 460 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 12, the game room and store is open Wed - Sun from Noon to 6 p.m. Space is also available for Private game experiences, like their dinner mystery, The End of Thyme. Visit https://conundrum.house