If it’s late February, it must be time to celebrate William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s birthday throughout the town that bears his name. In honor of the occasion, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers free admission on Sunday, February 25—including a special concert by crowd-favorite the Buffalo Bill Band, under the direction of Wade French. The musicians perform Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show tunes from 2–4 p.m. in the Center’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion.
Buffalo Bill birthday party-goers in front of the Irma Hotel, ca. 1946. (L – R) Mary Jester Allen, Else Wiggenhorn, Mrs. Vogel (Sr.), Finley A. Goodman as Buffalo Bill, Josephine Goodman Thurston, Mrs. Ed P. Heald, Mrs. Ned Frost (Mary). P.6.1699n the Center’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion.
Born in 1846, Buffalo Bill would be 172 years old on February 26. In addition to the Center’s Free Day, the local Knights of Columbus host their popular charity event, the annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball on Saturday, February 24. Attendees enjoy dinner and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions, with party-goers donning period dress. Then on Monday the 26th at 11 a.m., Cody High School’s FFA chapter hosts its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture Buffalo Bill—The Scout. All are invited to this lively, long-running annual event.
Celebrate Cody, Wyoming’s, namesake; take advantage of free admission at the Center of the West on February 25; and stay in-the-know with all the Center’s special events at centerofthewest.org.
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.
Contact: E-mail Nicole Harrison or call 307-578-4051.