Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 1st, 2011
I often ask the young people and their parents who visit the International Cryptozoology Museum what they have in their own “collections.” I have found talking about “cabinets of curiosity” with kids is a way to visually have them realize their interests can be displayed on the top of their chest of drawers, a shelf, or a corner of their room. These gatherings can lend themselves to the beginnings of small, dedicated collections of natural history objects, cryptid models, and favorite mementos. From these, learning evolves.
Below is a small display at the ICM demonstrating what an old classic cabinet of curiosity looks like, physically. Of course, the entire museum is a Cabinet of Curiosity or Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer (wonder-room).
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.