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Dragons: Between Science and Fiction

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 30th, 2008

Opening at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmondton, Canada, from June 14 through September 14, 2008, is the exciting “Dragons: Between Science and Fiction.” The program will be bursting through the doors of the Royal Alberta Museum’s newly renovated Feature Gallery, and includes a traveling worldwide exhibition, presentations, children’s activities, a new play, and the screening of dragon documentaries and movies.

Hailing originally from France with a recent visit to the Musée de la civilisation, in Quebec City, the exhibition, both in English and French, has now come to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmondton.

The exhibition explores the many myths and peculiarities associated with the dragon’s powerful persona, including how fossils fuelled dragon myths, the magical powers of dragons and how different cultures have imagined dragons over the centuries. More than 200 artifacts representing dozens of museums and private collections from around the world tell the tale of dragons from science to fiction and everything in between.

The list of topics from the guest lecturers includes several of interest to cryptozoology. The talks are given on Sundays, July 6 to September 7, 2008. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentations begin at 2 pm, with Q & A to follow.

“Here Be Dragons” is the title for the series of hot, new, family-friendly presentations. The talks are:

• The Role and Symbolism of Dragons in the Harry Potter Series ~ July 6 • Edmund Kern

• Komodo Island: Where there be Dragons ~ July 13 • Bob Johnson

• Dragons and Cryptozoology ~ July 20 • Loren Coleman

• Dragons and Other Mythical Beasts in Asian Cultures ~ July 27 • Paula Swart

• Everybody Wants – and Needs – a Dragon ~ August 3 • Joe Nigg

• Painting Dragons in their Natural Habitat ~ August 10 • William Stout

• Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science ~ August 17 • Jeff Meldrum

• Evolution and Extinction of the Dragon ~ August 24 • Peter Hogarth

• On The Track of Mokele-mbembe – Africa’s Living Dinosaur ~ August 31 • William Gibbons

• Backyard Dragons ~ September 7 • John Acorn

All activities are free with regular admission to the Museum, unless otherwise noted.

For more detailed information, see the Museum website here.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.


5 Responses to “Dragons: Between Science and Fiction”

  1. Rogutaan responds:

    “The Role and Symbolism of Dragons in the Harry Potter Series ~ July 6 • Edmund Kern”

    Personally I don’t agree with having a lecture about Dragons in Harry Potter, but then again I’m just tired of all the sensationalism associated with Harry Potter. The books are actually quite mediocre in retrospect.

    Anywho sounds like an interesting exhibit. I’ll have to see if it comes to my area.

    Good Luck with your segment.

  2. semillama responds:

    Not to begrudge any appearances by Dr. Meldrum, but what’s his Sasquatch lecture doing in there? Seems wildly out of place.

  3. aspenparkland responds:

    You’ll have to talk about Alberta’s own dragon when your here.

    “Monster `Breathes Fire,’ Scares Boys In River at Rocky Mountain House” Edmonton Journal July 24, 1942: p. 1

    I’ll get my scanner working and psst the article.

  4. Allan_Quatermain responds:

    Dragons are Mentioned in The Bible they are referred to as the Behemoth

  5. chris robinson responds:

    With respect to the comment about Dr Meldrum’s Sasquatch lecture seeming wildly out of place at the Royal Alberta Museum, perhaps some context is necessary. The lecture series accompanying the Dragons exhibition is fully titled “Here be Dragons…and other creatures,” so with that in mind perhaps Sasquatch isn’t inappropriate. And is in fact a great addition to the series, given the appeal and popularity of Sasquatch or Bigfoot.



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