Lectures and Films

Lectures and Films

Explore the American West through our lectures, presentations, and videos. Take a look at what’s coming up, and click a video to watch past programs.


Our lectures cover western American subjects including art, wildlife, natural science, Plains Indian history and culture, firearms, and the Greater Yellowstone region.

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Draper lunchtime expeditions explore topics about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Special notice: Three upcoming talks and book signings, all free

September 17, 1 p.m. Our McCracken Research Library hosts Timothy Egan with Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Talk in Coe Auditorium; book signing at the Center Store.

September 17, 4 p.m. We bring you author Lynn Friess and illustrator John Potter discussing their Carl the Chipmunk series of children’s books. Talk in Coe Auditorium; book signing at the Center Store.

October 13, 6:30 p.m. Our Draper Natural History Museum is pleased to announce this special evening lecture by David Quammen with The Next Big One: Emerging Viruses, Spillover, and the Threat of Pandemic. Reception of light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 6:30 p.m., free lecture at 7:15 p.m. While this talk is also free, reservations are required by calling Bonnie Smith at 307-578-4020.

Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions

Join us the first Thursday of each month for a Lunchtime Expedition. These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.

  • October 2:  Mike Jimenez with Wolf Recovery: A Success Story. What Lies Ahead?
  • November 6: Dr. Craig Lee with Ice Patch Archaeology at the Crossroads of Culture and Climate Change in the Greater Yellowstone.
  • December 4: Kevin Hurley with How Do You Count Wild Sheep? Why Do Wild Sheep Count?

Film Archive

Are you interested in learning more about some of the subjects we delve into here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West? Here is a selection of full-length videos of several presentations that have taken place here at the Center in the past.

Click each video’s icon or title to play

"Play" iconImplications of Cutthroat Trout Declines for Breeding Ospreys and Bald Eagles at Yellowstone Lake
Presentation by Lisa Baril (2013)

"Play" iconApart or A Part: Man’s Place in the Natural World
Presentation by Chris Madson

"Play" iconGray Wolf Management in Wyoming
Presentation by Mark Bruscino

"Play" iconThe Life and Enduring Legacy of Rachel Carson
Presentation by John Rumm

"Play" iconThe German Wild West: William F. Cody and Karl May
Presentation by Julia Stetler and Andre Kohler

"Play" iconSpirited Discussions (extended) with Louis Warren
Discussion with John Rumm

"Play" iconWilliam F. Cody and the Commemoration of Little Bighorn
Presentation by Chris Dixon

"Play" icon Whitebark Pine Ecology: Management of an Ecosystem in Decline
Presentation by Dan Reinhart

"Play" iconLet’s Talk Yellowstone to Yukon
Presentation by Harvey Locke

"Play" iconWhispers in the Rock: Stories from Northwestern Wyoming Strata
Presentation by Gretchen L. Hurley, BLM Cody Field Office

"Play" iconAtlas of Yellowstone
Presentation by Andrew Marcus, Jim Meacham, and Ann Rodman

"Play" iconNew Views of Yellowstone’s Thermal Features
Presentation by Cheryl Jawarowski, Geologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)

"Play" iconThe Wolves of Yellowstone: The First 15 Years, 1995 – 2010
Presentation by Doug Smith, Biologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)