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Stanton Friedman UFO Exhibit, Fredericton Region Museum

Stanton Friedman UFO Exhibit,

Fredericton Region Museum

Data current to 25 Dec 2020.

Fredericton native Stanton Friedman was a noted nuclear physicist and well-known ufologist.  He was a leading authority on unidentified flying objects, alien abductions and the Roswell incident, considered by many to be the definitive UFO event.  Stanton said his belief in extraterrestrials was based on his research into data about UFO events he found buried in U.S. government documents. 

Stanton grew up in Linden, New Jersey, and worked for 14 years as a nuclear physicist with General Electric, Westinghouse, and McDonnell-Douglas.  He had dual American and Canadian citizenship.  He was married to his second wife Marilyn and came to Fredericton in 1980.  His daughter Melissa Friedman grew up here. 

Stanton first became interested in UFOs in 1958.  He began lecturing on the topic in 1967, but he never actually saw one himself.  Stanton carried out detailed research and on-site investigations into the subject of UFOs and alien life forms, physically visiting archives and meeting with contactees.  He was known for being highly intelligent and had a great sense of humour.  He was interviewed for numerous documentaries on radio and television and gave presentations on UFOs for hundreds of colleges and professional groups around the world.  He was inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, New Mexico, and his work was celebrated by City of Fredericton when it declared 27 Aug 2007, Stanton Friedman Day, in his honour. 

Stanton examined the documentary evidence for the existence of a clandestine government group called "Majestic-12" supposedly formed in 1947 to deal with the remains of a crashed flying saucer near Roswell, New Mexico.  The Majestic-12 documents refer to a top-secret research operation created by President Truman to coordinate the study of debris and alien bodies recovered from the crash site.  The U.S. government has consistently denied there ever was such an incident or group.  Friedman attempted to authenticate these documents.  He also refuted arguments by debunkers. 

Stanton investigated the 1961 UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, including the star map Betty Hill saw inside the craft and later recreated.  The Hill story emphasised the character of the aliens, including their curiosity, their democratic discussions, and their desire to avoid inflicting pain.  

Betty Hill star map.

When you visit the Fredericton Region Museum, you will encounter an exhibit we have assembled to honour Stanton – elements of his personal collection of awards, artifacts and letters are on display.  Artwork and UFO-related illustrations have been assembled and placed inside the imagined interior of a UFO, which you are invited to step into.  At the entrance, a diagram of the Betty Hill star map is presented as the backdrop to a full-scale illustration of one reported type of alien being.  Visitors are invited to have their “selfie” taken with along with additional 3D alien representations inside the exhibit area. 

Stanton had an excellent sense of humour, but we wish to emphasize, this exhibit is to honour him.

 (Author Photo)

2D Alien artwork by Eric Duivenvoorden, Betty Hill star map by Laila Emad.  The Stanton Friedman Exhibit work crew include Doug Hall, Ian MacEacheren, Laila Emad, Melynda Jarratt, Melony McCarthy, Holly Gallant, Andrea Gauvin, Alexzandrea Stockford, April Saulis, Ariel Ottens, Joanna Kerr and Hal Skaarup.

Progress on the Exhibit

 (Author Photo)

A great deal of work has been completed on the layout and the work inside the display space.  The room now has the appearance of the interior of a UFO, complete with control console, space window views with art murals and UFO illustrations, two seven foot tall 3D gray alien figures, artwork at the entrance to the exhibit including a 2D full scale alien and artifact displays. 

Laila Emad completed the background design for the star map and the entrance is now set up and suitable for visitors to take selfie photos with the 2D alien and star map.  Doug Hall has attached a 3D UFO to the Southwest Wall, I painted a northern lights mural behind it, and Ian MacEacheron painted the silver interior of the UFO around it.  Doug installed additional wood panels and cut triangular windows open to two miniature aerial views of the pyramids and sphinx, one set by me and clay models by April Soulis, set up on a table viewable at waist height.  Doug added buckets of sand to make the display more realistic and plans to add periscopes at child height to view the pyramids through a few, and other periscopes to view the painting of the UFO crash at Roswell.   

There is a “command and control centre/bridge with views of earth from space, the Moon and UFOs facing the Northeast.  Melony McCarthy is building a small dwarf alien to be added to the set overlooking the “bridge”. 

Doug has built a control panel with working lights – we would like to add sound to the teleporter (details to be worked out).  There is a rotating chair for visitors to take selfies in, in place.  Doug has built enclosed Plexiglas display shelves for Stanton’s trophies, jacket, tie, and memorabilia, which were provided by his daughter Melissa Friedman.  We have several books he has written to include in the display. 

Holly and Melynda are blowing up illustrations and views of letters describing some of the UFO experiences fans have written to Stanton (specific wall spaces to be finalised for best viewing).  The 3D aliens presenting stand on either side of the mural on the south wall and the display has already been used for several photo sessions.  Even with long term work to be done, the exhibit is far enough along that we expect to be hosting guests in small numbers at a time from Halloween onward. 

Holly and I have recorded a 3-minute audio introduction to go with photos for the exhibit (text attached).  Mel and Holly are designing and arranging for a large bilingual information board which will be mounted on the Southwest wall at the entrance to the space room (the current information board will be reversed so that it can be saved for future exhibits and the Friedman information and photos will be added.  This graphic board hangs to the right of the star map and 2D alien display (in progress, to be completed). 

Ariel Ottens and Joanna Kerr with the Provincial Archives visited the FRM and are offering several Stanton’s artifacts for display after taking a tour of the exhibit.  These will include a set of alien masks and artifacts but will require secure glass boxes for them that can be locked (being worked on). 

Doug built a “gurney” for the rubber alien “autopsy” manikin (being ordered by Melynda, which will go in the centre of the room, but set up so as not to interfere with the central display space for group photos.   

There needs to be sufficient space around the exhibits for a guide to offer a “spiel” for the visitors and to make the interior of the exhibit extremely child friendly (no easily dislodged parts).   

Covid-19 has disrupted much of the work in progress (we are all wearing our masks meetings and work on the project, but it is progressing to completion. There is considerable interest in the project and the group will continue to work on getting it ready as volunteer time and effort permit.  Come visit us in 2021.

  (Author Photo)

Our two seven-foot tall alien manikins. (Author Photo)

Alien mask from the Stanton Friedman Collection on loan from the New Brunswick Provincial Archives.

Stanton T. Friedman Books.

 (Author Photo)

Stanton T. Friedman MUFON Award for Excellence in UFOlogy, August 2007.

Stanton Friedman cartoon.

  (Author artwork)

Roswell UFO similar to the one found at crash site No. 5 of the 7 crashes documented as taking place in New Mexico in 1947.

 (Author artwork)

Cylinder-shaped UFOs.

 (Author Artwork)

Painting of a saucer shaped UFO, visible to the right of the control console.

 (Author artwork)

Painting of a view of the Earth from the control console inside the UFO Exhibit.  (Maritimes prominently visible ;o)

 (Author Artwork)

Giant (and reportedly silent) painting of a triangle UFO, overhead in the UFO console.


Sighting of a UFO by a Canadian pilot over Fort Macleod, Alberta, 27 Aug 1956.

Holly, Laila and Melony, discussing the layout of the UFO Exhibit.

Doug and Holly discussing the plans for the SF Exhibit.

'Oumuamua (European Southern Observatory ), artist’s impression.

Once speculated to be a UFO "lost in space", 'Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object to be detected passing through the Solar System.  Formally designated 11/2017 U1, it was discovered by Robert Weryk using the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakal? Observatory, Hawaii, on 19 October 2017, 40 days after it passed its closest point to the Sun on 9 September 2017. When it was first observed, it was about 33 million km (21 million mi; 0.22 AU) from Earth (about 85 times as far away as the Moon), and already heading away from the Sun.

?Oumuamua is a small object estimated to be between 100 and 1,000 metres (300 and 3,000 ft) long, with its width and thickness both estimated to range between 35 and 167 metres (115 and 548 ft).  It has a dark red color, similar to objects in the outer Solar System.  Despite its close approach to the Sun, ?Oumuamua showed no signs of having a coma (nebulous envelope), but did exhibit non-gravitational acceleration.  Nonetheless, the object could be a remnant of a disintegrated rogue comet (or exocomet), according to a NASA scientist.  The object has a rotation rate similar to the average spin rate seen in Solar System asteroids, but many valid models permit it to be more elongated than all but a few other natural bodies.  While an unconsolidated object (rubble pile) would require it to be of a density similar to rocky asteroids, a small amount of internal strength similar to icy comets would allow a relatively low density.  ?Oumuamua's light curve, assuming little systematic error, presents its motion as tumbling, rather than smoothly rotating, and moving sufficiently fast relative to the Sun that few possible models define a Solar System origin, although an Oort cloud origin cannot be excluded.  Extrapolated and without further deceleration, the path of ?Oumuamua cannot be captured into a solar orbit, so it would eventually leave the Solar System and continue into interstellar space.  ?Oumuamua's planetary system of origin, and the age of its excursion, are unknown.  In July 2019, astronomers reported that ?Oumuamua was an object of a "purely natural origin".  (Wikipedia)

The Baltic Sea anomaly refers to an indistinct sonar image taken by Peter Lindberg, Dennis Åberg and their Swedish "Ocean X" diving team while treasure hunting on the floor of the northern Baltic Sea at the center of the Gulf of Bothnia in June 2011.  The team suggested their sonar image showed an object with unusual features of seemingly non-natural origin, prompting speculation that the object was a sunken UFO.  This 200-foot-diameter finding is shaped somewhat like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.  (Wikipedia)

Imaging of the Baltic Sea anomaly.

 (Bettmann Archive Photo)

A photo of a UFO spotted spotted on 16 October 1957, near Holloman Air Force Missile Development Center in New Mexico, which was released by the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization.  This was the first UFO photo I saw that made me take an interest in the subject.