3rd Annual Cryptozoology Conference
The nonprofit, 501(c)3 International Cryptozoology Museum (ICM) is launching a 2018 GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for our Third Annual International Cryptozoology Conference (ICC2018) in beautiful Portland, Maine over Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1-2, 2018.
The third annual conference will be spread across two days, featuring talks from leaders in the field, an unveiling of a new exhibit at the ICM, a Bizarre Bazaar of some unique items and goods from specialized vendors, as well as opportunity to expand your knowledge in the amazing field of cryptozoology.
The International Cryptozoology Museum’s third annual conference helps us further our mission to educate, inform, and share cryptozoological evidence, artifacts, replicas, and popular cultural items with the general public, media, students, scholars, and cryptozoologists from around the world.
The goal is to support the cost of the annual scientific conference location, the speakers' lodging and on-site expenses, and, with a well-funded campaign, the travel for our speakers.
Extra funds will go to pre- and post-conference routine operating costs to support the running of our conference and staffing of our Thompson's Point, Portland, Maine, facility.
All donations are appreciated.
Realizing that cryptozoology is a “gateway science” for many young people’s future interest in biology, zoology, wildlife studies, paleoanthropology, paleontology, anthropology, ecology, marine sciences, and conservation, the Museum is filling a needed educational, scientific, and natural history niche in learning. Please help us fulfill our mission.
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$100 "Attendee" donators will receive a conference ticket, conference teeshirt, museum pass and autographed book.
$125 "Supporter" donators will receive a conference ticket, special Loren Coleman tour of ICM during ICC2018, and one annual International Cryptozoology Society membership.
$150 "Vendor" donators will receive a vending table, two museum passes and two tickets to the conference.
$250 "Sponsor" donators will receive two ICC2018 tickets, one ICS membership, two tour admissions, two teeshirts plus one business or personal name appearing on the ICC2018 teeshirts and in all conference materials.
One perk of donating $125 dollars to the ICC2018 is a guided tour of the International Cryptozoology Museum by the museum's director and founder, Loren Coleman.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969.
To learn more about museum director and founder, Loren Coleman's career, please visit: lorencoleman.com
Thank you to all that have donated so far, we appreciate your support to our mission.
As a reminder, various premiums and savings are only available to people through this GoFundMe option, as well as the savings. We will only be offering the personal tours with Loren Coleman this year, via this GoFundMe. The tours will NOT be available for sign up after this GoFundMe ends.
This GoFundMe ends on April 15th; after that, the special premiums and savings offers disappear and people can only buy regular tickets (with no added bonus or savings).
All premiums will be awarded, even if the overall fiscal goal is not achieved. This is the promise and commitment of GoFundMe fundraising and of our nonprofit.
Thompson's Point is also where the International Cryptozoology Museum i s located. Thompson's Point hosts many great businesses like Bissell Brothers Brewery ( https://www.bissellbrothers.com/), Stroudwater Distillery ( http://stroudwaterdistillery.com/), Circus Maine ( http://circusmaine.org/), Big J's Chicken Shack ( http://www.bigjschicken.com/) and is the outdoor music venue for State Theater ( https://www.statetheatreportland.com/) .
Portland, Maine is an amazing city that boasts the second most restaurants per capita and over two dozen microbreweries. Beautiful coastlines, amazing hiking trails and so much more in "Vacationland".
Why not make the most out of your Labor Day weekend, attend our conference and visit Portland.
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Loren Coleman on the History of the International Cryptozoology Museum.
In August 2003, I brought a lifelong dream to life. I wished to share the many items I had collected during the last half of the 20th century with researchers, scholars, colleagues, and the general public.
I had traveled far and wide ~ through passion and patience ~ to interview eyewitnesses, chronicle the reports, and gather material evidence and cultural artifacts related to cryptozoology.
Finally in 2003, I founded and opened the International Cryptozoology Museum in the entire first floor of a house I bought specifically to hold the collection and my family elsewhere, in Portland, Maine. The site was soon visited by a long line of filmmakers, reporters, and a beginning trickle of interested individuals, usually cryptozoologists and authors.
The first item collected for the future museum, from 1960, used on the World Book’s Snowman Expedition to the Himalaya, lead by Edmund Hillary and Marlin Perkins.
The museum modestly began with sculptures and paintings created just for it, hundreds of cryptozoology toys and souvenirs from around the world, and one-of-a-kind artifacts.
These included a life-size, 8 feet tall Bigfoot representation, a full-scale, six-foot-long thousand dollar coelacanth model, 100 Bigfoot, Yeti, Yowie, and other footcasts, fakes like jackalopes, Feejee Mermaid & furred trout.
Additionally displayed were Hollywood cryptid-related props as The Mothman Prophecies’ Point Pleasant “police” outfit, the movie P. T. Barnum’s authentic 3.5 feet tall Feejee Mermaid, the TV series Freakylinks’ 22 foot wide “Thunderbird,” and some of Magnolia’s falling frogs. Special art and sculpture creations by some of the leading cryptozoological artists in the world were featured.
Mokele-mbembe hunter Scott Norman (right) visits the ICM in its first location, during the October before Scott’s sudden and tragic death.
In March 2006, the Museum’s future Assistant Director Jeff Meuse visited, and he became a cornerstone to the future success of the ICM. Other friendships and associations began during the early days of the Museum, including Michelle Souliere’s trip to the museum.
The space in my home was being overgrown by the museum. It was time to move.
Finally, in 2009, after noting to associates in Portland that I wanted to move the Museum to a more central location, I was offered space in the back of Michelle Souliere’s future new bookstore, The Green Hand. Due to tireless efforts of Jeff Meuse and other volunteers, and contributions from scores of people across the world, we made the move. The final fiscal support came from a generous donation from an individual representing the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club.
The International Cryptozoology Museum, officially registered with the town clerk, had a Grand Opening in the Outer Art District, and opened with the help of Michelle, Jeff, Caleb, and a long list of others, on November 1, 2009. Over 80 visitors came that first day, as far away as from Boston and Baltimore. A ribbon cutting Opening was attended a few days later by over 200 people.
Although we had a three-year lease with Michelle, it soon became clear that the one room, 500 square feet, was too small. Due to the fact Michelle’s husband wanted to utilize the location, we were able to move to a larger venue, six times as large, right around the corner, at 11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine.
We opened again on October 31, 2011, and had in the meantime, became a nonprofit corporation in the State of Maine.
Our Grand (Re)Opening in 2011 hosted almost 400 visitors.
We are now located in beautiful Thompson's Point in Portland, having moved to this location in July of 2016.
The future holds more surprises. Stay tuned.