Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 12th, 2011
I wish to re-launch a call for applications for a few good volunteers at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. No matter what happens in the blogosphere, my sincere appreciation goes out to all my fans and faithful readers who have read my postings here. Be assured, the museum and cryptozoology shall survive. Thank you all for your time, energy, and open communications.
As to the museum and volunteering, let me ask you: Are you an extremely well-organized person? Do you have a passion for cryptozoology?
Do you live in southern Maine, eastern New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts, or are thinking about moving here? How would you like to work shoulder to shoulder with an experienced cryptozoologist interested in giving tours, answering students’ questions, and sorting through incoming artifacts? Do you have experience in curating?
How would you feel about creating a catalogue, online, of every artifact in this collection, from the Crookston Bigfoot and Barnum Mermaid to an Ogopogo cup and a Japanese Kappa fan, from material from the TNT area to Loch Ness water, while incorporating my memory into short entries on the history of each one of the hundreds of items here?
How would you feel about thinking up exhibits?
If any of these separate tasks above describe something you would like to do, if your heart is racing with possibilities right now, I want to hear from you.
I am looking for 2 or 3 good volunteers to begin assisting the museum, to tackle the above projects, make more room for contributed objects and sort out files and boxes for more space needed ~ and maybe even assist in moving the collection in the coming months. These are not positions to go on expeditions (at this time), although that might happen for some people, at the drop of a hat, depending on breaking events. These are cryptozoologists-in-training internships, if you will.
If you would like to begin an exchange with me on such a position, please email me at LColeman@maine.rr.com
What do you receive? Hopefully, the experience will be challenging, entertaining and enlightening. Certainly, you will gain hours of mentoring on the subject of cryptozoology and Forteana, the chance to rediscover material gathered over the last nearly 50 years that needs to be organized, and an ability to copy from my files and build your library from some of my duplicate books.
Also, having taught at the university level for two decades and supervised many interns, if you are a student, I could work with you and your school’s advisor to assist you to receive independent study credit for spending four months or nine months or a year volunteering here.
Write (snail mail) me at PO Box 360, Portland, ME 04112, or email me at LColeman@maine.rr.com with your contact info, your short bio, a jpeg (or photo in your snail mail) of yourself, your permission for a criminal check (books and files do walk off with a minority of volunteers), and why you wish to help out. Let me know about your availability for an interview about this, this summer or in the fall.
I have the patience to wait for the right, organized people.
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.