Over the years, Loren has faced many challenges to this institution, from big-S skeptics to the IRS.
To the IRS, the museum verges on being a hobby (as per Code 183), and it needs more income (even if donations) to support itself, on its own. To me, the merging between my interviews, the book sales that come out of the museum appearances, and the visibility of the museum on the net are all interwoven. I’ve never had a great income since I was laid off from adjunct teaching, but combined together, I live at the cryptozoology poverty level with no complaints. But to the IRS, the museum is a separate entity. I understand now, and must comply with that view. I’ve lost my appeal on my “merge” view.
No fighting this any longer, for I stand fully enlightened about how the IRS is viewing Code 183, as it applies to my life’s career. The museum has to make money, or it ceases to exist.1
Portland is home to the only museum dedicated to the subject of cryptozoology in the world. There are other exhibitions focusing on Bigfoot and other topics in the field, but Loren’s baby is the only one presenting the full spectrum without sharing space with UFOs, haunted objects, and other fortean artifacts. The polar vortex, and its comcomitant weather, have presented serious challenges to Loren Coleman and this fixture of downtown Portland. Rent’s coming due, and he needs all of our help.
Just before Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of visiting the celebrated International Cryptozoology Museum2. My wife and I spent over an hour gawking at the displays, artwork, specimens, and weirdness, making many memories for our scrapbook. We were honored that Loren found the time in his busy schedule to make a brief appearance.
What my friend Greg praised in his article at Roadtrippers3, I hope to do the same with my humble photographs.
Within these walls, adults realize the world is still full of mystery and wonders yet to be discovered. Kids get their first taste of forteana, and love for animals of all kinds. Maybe one or two denialists visited, and walked away in horror that the subject was being taken seriously with a solid approach to science, when they were expecting Rick Dyer and a gorilla suit full of ‘possum meat.
As New Jersey, and Maine, are under winter’s gun, again, it’s important people can see what they’re preserving with their financial support. Any donation is welcome, whether it’s $10, $20, or more. There are a few options for your gift.
Help keep the dream alive, because later this summer the Minnesota Ice Man is going to be bunking at the ICM.
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