Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 4th, 2011
The International Cryptozoology Museum is on the move. And we need your help at a very critical time. In the coming two months, the ICM will announce exact details about our relocation from a comfortable, modest room and a half at the back of Green Hand Books to a space that will allow us to stretch our legs. We are going to be re-installing the museum, all displays, exhibits, new selections, a research library for members’ use, and an expanded gift store in a space that will be six times as large as where we are now.
We will not be moving very far down Congress Street in Portland, so everyone will be able to find us easily. During this planning time, the International Cryptozoology Museum is mounting a major campaign for donations to support this upcoming move.
In addition, the museum is going to be re-curated in a colorful retro style, midcentury modern, to take advantage of the space, highlight the color and look of the 1940s-1960s, give our visitors another level of exhibitory experience, and showcase the founder’s extensive collection of art and objects from that time period. The museum may turn into a designation attraction for a variety of reasons.
The International Cryptozoology Museum needs to gather funds for our upcoming move to this much larger space. Movers, painters, new rugs. The expenses, including new rent costs, are huge. In conjunction with the move, the higher rent, and the more formalized evolution of the museum, we filed for tax-exempt nonprofit status during August. We have legally been alerted to the fact that any donations you give in support of the museum will be a tax-deduction for Tax Year 2011. Our development has been made possible by some of you giving past donations, and all who have chipped in are to be appreciated for that. Your continued and new support is important to assist us in this next grand phase of our development.
If there is any way you can give $10, $50, $100, or more, and have or haven’t before, this is the time to assist this growing cryptozoology institution. Please. Today. If you wish give your contribution offline, please send your donation to the International Cryptozoology Museum, PO Box 360, Portland, ME 04112, with your check or money order. Thank you.
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Art by Craig LaRotonda for the July/August 2011 issue of Yankee Magazine.
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.