Cryptid Keeper

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 31st, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Emily Burnham of the Bangor Daily News visited earlier in the week, and she has a nice holiday article, entitled “Cryptid Keeper” in the paper today.

She took some photos, even though the displays weren’t finished being set up.

Here, volunteer coordinator Jeff Meuse aligns an exhibit (since moved).

This is part of the “What Is NOT Cryptozoology!” subsection. My giant cup of tea is not part of the “NOT” display, and only temporarily there. 🙂

Various items are still being put into order, but you might recognize some replicas.

Here’s the very smart, pleasant, and charming Emily Burnham’s Twitter traffic tweets (rockblogsterbdn) about her journalistic visit to the museum.

I guess, thanks to Twitter, the interviewee can report on the reporter, now, humm? What a strange new world we live in.

Portlandbound. Meeting w Lauren Coleman, cryptozoologist to the stars who’s opening a museum on Congress St. You’ve seen him on BoingBoing?
4:13 AM Oct 26th from web

Get to meet Bigfoot and El Chupacabra today! Or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Also get to meet (hopefully) the woman behind Strange Maine.
4:12 AM Oct 26th from web

I met a cryptozoologist yesterday. Loren Coleman is a very cool guy. His museum opens at 661 Congress St Nov. 6.
6:43 AM Oct 27th from web

PS: Chupacabra is definitely not real, but Bigfoot & the Yeti very well may be. The giant squid & the coelacanth were unseen for centuries!
6:44 AM Oct 27th from web

Stay tuned for a spooky edition of 5 Things To Do This Weekend, only at!
6:20 AM Oct 29th from web

Check out Ms. Burnham’s very detailed and fact-filled article, here.

Online sales of the museum tee-shirts continue, and your donation support is greatly appreciated, as always.

Please click on the button below (not the one up top) to take you to PayPal to send in your teeshirt order or your museum donation.

Thank you.

Loren's Bigfoot

The Crookston Bigfoot with its creator, Wisconsin taxidermy artist Curtis Christensen.


Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

4 Responses to “Cryptid Keeper”

  1. MountDesertIslander responds:

    That was a fair, even handed story. Nice job, Emily Burnham.

    Does it seem that the upcoming generation is more open to the possibilities of cryptids than their elders? Perhaps it’s the influence of the ‘X-Files’, ‘Fringe’ or any number of other sci-fi series.

    Those members of the ‘boomer generation’ that I know are fixated on ghosts and UFO’s. Whenever I speak to them about Sasquatch their eyes glaze over. Only rarely do I meet a ‘boomer’ who knows what I mean by ‘Patterson/Gimlin’.

    The ‘hippie counter culture’ generation are still in pursuit of their own identity. Let’s hope they find themselves someday.

    I find that it’s generation ‘x’ and ‘y’ that speak openly of Bigfoot, chupacabra, and other cryptids. There seems to be a fearlessness in them about openly entertaining the possibilities of unknown beasts among us.

    I hope the opening of the International Cryptozoology Museum heralds a long overdue move to the mainstream for this field of study.

    Good Luck, Loren!

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    Kudos to Ms. Burnham for her even, fair treatment.

    And kudos for her lack of ridicule. Good show.

    Thanks to you, too, Loren, for the post.

  3. jtmkryptos responds:

    ah, the Crookston, the pride of us wisconsin cryptozoologists…

  4. jtmkryptos responds:

    MountDesertIslander, I can tell you why we younger folk (15-20) have so much interest in cryptozoological matters (besides the obvious, we’re niave).

    No one knows why. All teens have different reasons for it, but mine is simply this. I picked a book up for a book report I thought had to do with fossil hunters, and it turned out that Cryptid Hunters would have a profound effect. But the reason that many of us can stay into it and remain open to it is because of the work done by past cryptozoologists, especially, Bernard Heuvelmans, Ivan T. Sanderson, Jeff Meldrum, John Green, and, of course, it’d be ignorant not to include our host Mr. Coleman.

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