posted on Aug, 29 2007 @ 08:34 PM
I have found very little information about this topic online, and correspondence with the Smithsonian Institute has so far yielded only bland, vague
confirmations of a few broad points. A family friend who worked for the Smithsonian and then later for the government once confided in me that there
was a program in the early part of the 20th century known as The Harriman Grant. The Smithsonian had been given money by the Harriman family for the
express purpose of locating the remains of "evolutionary anomalies" of all sorts that did not mesh with the scientific thinking of the day. They
purchased these remains and, generally, promised the owners that they would eventually be displayed for all to see in the museum.
Crytpid remains were supposedly located in all sorts of locations, from reputable zoological departments at major universities to roadside
attractions. There is no doubt that some of what was purchased was no more than cunning frauds (making fake mermen or unicorns, for instance, was
once a booming cottage industry for roadside attractions and freak tents) but some of the specimens that were purchased, and ultimately either
destroyed or permanently "filed away", seem to have been quite interesting. The project was well founded and generally paid pretty well, although
if someone wouldn't sell, I'm told they were usually threatened that "If you don't want to sell, we can just come back and take this under the
authority of our government charter, it's up to you".
The Smithsonian has confirmed that there was once a "Harriman Grant", and that it concerned the purchase of "strange or anomalous remains and
fossil specimens", but no further details were given. The project, they say, was short lived and yielded "nothing of real interest", which is a
standard line for coverups. Just wondering if anybody else has run across this "Harriman Grant", or anything similar, in their reading or their