Cody to the World! Celebrating 100 years at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
June 3, 2017 – February 4, 2018
The year of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s death—1917—was dominated by World War I, which brought rapid and lasting change to the nation. From this loss sprang a mission to celebrate the life of Buffalo Bill and the pride and spirit he brought to the arenas of the world.
A lasting memorial, the original Buffalo Bill Museum in a log building, opened in 1927. The humble town of Cody, Wyoming, has grown alongside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for one hundred years. The community, global audiences, and the many events and people that create what we call “history” helped shape the Center.
Our Centennial is a time to look at origins and growth, and tragedy and triumph. Entering our second century, we celebrate our milestones as well as events in the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the region, and the world. The ever-changing dream and spirit of the America West is with us today and always as we look to the future. In doing so, we share this special exhibition, Cody to the World! Celebrating 100 years at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The Center and its mission “to inspire, educate, and engage global audiences through an authentic experience with the American West” helped shape the identity of the American West through art, science, culture, and history to connect to a place and spirit found nowhere else on earth.
Cody to the World! opened to the public in the Center of the West’s Special Exhibitions Gallery on June 3, 2017, and closed February 4, 2018. Cody to the World is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council.
A few highlights from this special exhibition
In addition to the overall Center theme, each of our five museums shared pieces related to our Centennial.