Carl L. Weschcke

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Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (September 10, 1930 – November 7, 2015) was a businessman and the president/owner of Llewellyn Worldwide (formerly Llewellyn Publications) from 1961 until his death.[1] He received nationwide media attention when he bought the supposedly haunted Summit Avenue Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1964, and claimed to have "numerous odd experiences" there.

Born in St. Paul, Weschke bought Llewellyn Publications in early 1961 when he was president of Chester-Kent, Inc.[2] In 1970, Weschcke opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis, as well as the "Gnostica School for Self-Development", based on Gnostic teachings. He also began the Gnostic Aquarian Festivals in Minneapolis, also known as Gnosticon during the 1970s, which helped fuel the rise in awareness of occult and metaphysical teachings.

Weschcke was elected president of the NAACP's Minnesota branch in 1959[3] and vice president of the ACLU's Minnesota branch in 1965.[4]

He died on November 7, 2015, and was survived by his wife Sandra, and son, Gabe.[5]


General references[edit]

  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches &Witchcraft
  • Raven Grimassi, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
  • George Knowles, "Carl Weschcke", "Controverscial.Com"