Each year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, along with the whole town of Cody, Wyoming, celebrates the birthday of namesake William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. This year, the Center offers free admission all day on Sunday, February 24 in honor of the occasion.
Volunteer Mike Parker will be on hand in the Center’s Buffalo Bill Museum near the printing press exhibit—which features the Babcock press purchased by Buffalo Bill in 1899 for the Cody Enterprise. Using his own small printing press, Mike instructs visitors on the art of printing and assists them in the printing of a small souvenir to take home.
In addition to the Center of the West’s free day, the local Knights of Columbus host their popular charity event, the annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball on Saturday, February 23. Attendees enjoy a prime rib dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and Wild West entertainment.
On Tuesday, February 26 at 11 a.m., Cody High School’s FFA chapter hosts its wreath-laying ceremony at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture Buffalo Bill—The Scout just north of the Center of the West. All are invited to this long-running, free annual event.
Keep on top of all upcoming events at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West at centerofthewest.org/calendar. Please note that a schedule change is coming up at the Center, which expands hours to 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week beginning Friday, March 1.
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 pages on Facebook and Twitter.