Buffalo Bill Center of the West Staff Blogs

Enjoy the observations and interests of the people who work at the Center of the West here in our staff blogs. Just note that these are the personal perspectives of individual staff members, and not official representations of Center expertise or policy.

Western Art and Crafts

Summer PARTY Family Fun Day

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” —Henry Ward Beecher [1] As I mentioned in… Read More

Identifying the Unidentifiable Photographs

William F. Carver, Charles A. Burgess, Henry Burgess, White Eagle, Spotted Horse

It seems like everyone has a stack of old family photographs for which no one can identify the who, what, or when. Yet, intrinsically we… Read More

Wild Wonderland: Yellowstone Arts and Crafts


“A thousand Yellowstone wonders are calling, ‘Look up and down and round about you…whatever your fate, under whatever ignorance or knowledge you may afterward chance… Read More

What Are High-Capacity Magazines?

The Cody Firearms Museum displays a U.S. M14 rifle produced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company of New Haven, Connecticut c. 1959-1964. This selective fire gun is fed by a 20-round detachable box magazine, which is generally considered to be “high capacity.”

Firearms and “acceptable” magazine capacity is a hotly debated, but also much-misunderstood issue. Here’s a quick look at the technical meaning, facts, and implications of… Read More

“Playing Tourist” in Cody, Wyoming

Wild horses rearing

The recent cool, rainy weather—and the coming Labor Day weekend—has reminded me that summer is fast approaching its close. Even though this happens every year,… Read More

Ole Faithful

Carl Preussl's Old Faithful, 1929. A Treasure from our West. 3.01

“Old faithful in every kind of weather…” —from “Ole Faithful” by Gene Autry [1] As I mentioned in my previous post, Hey Boo-Boo, Let’s Go Get… Read More

Only YOU Can Ensure Gun Safety

Gun safety image

A passion for firearms—whether it be rooted in their historical impact, mechanics, recreational shooting, or hunting purposes—can strike at any age. Yet, it’s very apparent… Read More