With Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Executive Director Bruce Eldredge’s retirement rapidly approaching, the Center invites Cody area residents to a reception honoring Eldredge and his wife, Jan. Center staff, board members, and volunteers urge individuals to stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday, October 29 to wish the couple well as they move to the Seattle area. Refreshments will be served in the Center’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion.
“I recently heard a quote that really describes how I feel about leaving the Center and Cody,” Eldredge says. “‘How lucky I am to have known somebody, something, that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.’ I have indeed been lucky “to have known somebody, something”—actually a host of them—who make it so difficult to say goodbye. I cannot begin to adequately share what these last ten years have meant to me as Executive Director of this extraordinary institution.”
Taking the Center’s reins in 2008, Eldredge directed the opening of a revamped Whitney Western Art Museum in 2009 and a reinterpreted Buffalo Bill Museum in 2012. The Center underwent a complete rebranding in 2013, when the organization changed its 50-year-old name to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. In 2016, the Center added the Kuyper Dining Pavilion in better accommodate groups, events, and meetings, and launched a successful $50 million capital campaign. Coming up next is the total renovation of the Cody Firearms Museum in summer 2019.
During Eldredge’s tenure, the Center created a raptor experience with eleven birds of prey, hosted more than two hundred interns, created programs for thousands of school kids through Skype in the Classroom. gained 56,455 fans on Facebook, and created a brand-new website that now boasts 646,000 users and 2.2 million pageviews.
The couple has been integral to the Cody community, too, as they’ve been part of numerous local organizations and programs. “Jan and I treasure our time in Cody and the relationships we’ve formed; we will miss you all,” Eldredge adds. “And, as we say at the Center, ‘Long live the Wild West!'”
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 more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore
Contact: Anne Marie Shriver at [email protected] or 307-578-4011.