As a part of the year-long Centennial celebration, the Buffalo Bill Center of the Wests Buffalo Bill Museum brings renowned international scholars and museum professionals to Cody, Wyoming, for the highly anticipated Centennial Symposium August 2–5. There is still space available to register for this event.
The robust program includes many presentations that consider William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life and enterprises in the context of American Western Studies. Topics include his place in the regional history of settlement, the popularization of frontier nationalism in America and abroad, and the development of western historiography.
Linda Clark, Assistant Managing Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody, notes, “After ten years of gathering papers connected to William F. Cody, his Wild West, and his many diverse undertakings, it is deeply gratifying to me to have the world’s authorities on Buffalo Bill come together to share scholarship and inspire all of us to continue to explore, reveal, and deliberate Cody’s life and legacy.”
Each day of the Centennial Symposium begins at 8 a.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. For individuals wishing to attend all three days, cost is $180 for members and $200 for non-members. The deadline to register is July 28. Those who prefer may register for an individual day rather than the full symposium.
The first day of the symposium, Wednesday, August 2, opens with the following topics: Interpreting Buffalo Bill; Becoming Buffalo Bill; Patty Limerick – Luncheon Keynote Speaker – The Persistent Power of Paradox; Childhood, Girlhood, and Performing Identity; and The Legacy of Buffalo Bill at the Center of the West. After all presentations, a reception is scheduled to follow at 6 p.m. Cost of this day is $40 for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members and $50 for non-members.
Day 2, Thursday, August 3, features the following topics: Promoting and Consuming the Wild West; Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Abroad; Arthur Amiotte – Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture; The Wild West and European Nationalism; New Approaches to Cody Studies; and Louis Warren – Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Buffalo Bill in the Borderlands. Cost of this day is $70 for members and $75 for non-members.
Day 3, Friday, August 4, features the following lecture topics: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Public Memory; The Wild West in the European Visual Imagination; Christine Bold – Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Buffalo Bill and “Dime Novelitis”; Multicultural Legacies of the Wild West; Buffalo Bill’s America and the Future of Cody Studies; and Paul Hutton – Keynote Speaker – Buffalo Bill and the Creations of the Frontier Myth. Cost of this day is $70 for members and $75 for non-members.
An additional special highlight of this event includes a presentation by Dr. Didier Gondola, Chair of the History Department and Professor of African History and Africana Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, titled “Buffalo Bill Cody in Kinshasa: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in the Heart of the Tropics.” This lecture takes place on Saturday, August 5, at 10 a.m., and a book signing is scheduled to follow immediately afterward at the Center’s Museum Store.
To register for the Centennial Symposium, visit tickets.centerofthewest.org. For more information, visit the Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium page. Individuals with further questions may contact Jeremy Johnston at [email protected] or 307-578-4032.
This symposium is funded through a generous contribution from the Geraldine W. and Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore