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Grizzly bear. C.R. Preston photo. (detail)

Last of the Wild West: the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2007 Last of the Wild West: the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear By Charles R. Preston, PhD It was warm for …

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Guardians of the Galleries

If you ask anyone who works at the Center of the West who keeps this place running, they will most likely say the security guards. They safeguard the art, protect the …

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Gunslinging Gameplay – Red Dead Redemption

It is every Cowboy-and-Indian-playing child’s dream to travel across the West, be a gunslinger, and face the perils of an untamed landscape. Those children grow …

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Beetle Buffet – Feeding on the Future of Science

Tucked away in aquarium tanks rifling through skulls and bones of a bull snake, wolf, and osprey are the dermestid beetles of the Center of the …

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W.H.D. Koerner (1878–1938). "The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past)," 1933. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver. 6.92.2 (detail)

Traveling West Page by Page – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2014 Traveling West Page by Page By Henry M. Yaple “To those with ears to hear, libraries are really …

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A Day at the Center of the West

Rolling into Cody, Wyoming, is a sight to see. Strolling through downtown can make you feel transported to the Old West, and the mountain views from all angles will take your …

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On the Silent Hills Near the Little Big Horn

The relentless wind moved the sea of grass like ocean waves. Staring across the tranquil distance it was difficult to imagine the bloodshed that had …

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Artist-in-Residence Jeff Rudolph in the Whitney Western Art Museum.

Artists-in-Residence enliven Center of the West’s museum spaces

Each summer, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West welcomes artists-in-residence to its museum galleries to demonstrate their artistic techniques and share their vision with …

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Welcoming Jason Housel: Draper Natural History Museum Artist-in-Residence

From July 26 to 30, Jason Housel is the Draper Natural History Museum’s artist-in-residence. Jason will be interacting with guests and creating displays that showcase …

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Panoramic view of Whitney Western Art Museum when it reopened on June 21, 2009.

Seeing the West in a Whole New Way – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall 2009 Seeing the West in a Whole New Way: The 2009 Whitney Museum Reopening By Laurel Eatherly A blast …

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Ballin’ on a Budget – A Yellowstone Vacation

Congratulations! You are probably considering a Yellowstone vacation. With breathtaking views and wildlife abound, a trip to the world’s first national park is almost a no-brainer. Except, occasionally for the pocketbook. Fret not, gathered …

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Chiller Thriller and Boiler Spoiler – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2021 Chiller Thriller and Boiler Spoiler: NEH Infrastructure Challenge Grant Required 3-to-1 Match It seems like a lifetime ago, …

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Little Red Corvette – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2021 Little Red Corvette: Local Partnership Yields Ideal Car Raffle By Spencer Smith For each of the past 20 …

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Upper Falls of Yellowstone

Ultimate Trip Guide Through Yellowstone’s East Entrance

From the dazzling lights of the Cody Nite Rodeo up to the snow-covered peaks surrounding Sylvan Pass down to the wildlife on the rolling hills …

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Bear Country Bare Necessities

Although appearing as cuddly as their toy store counterparts, wild bears are not to be played with. Being safe in bear country is critical. After all, when visiting nature, you are the guest, and the …

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The Man Who Wasn’t Jim Bridger

A Well-watered Area Jim Bridger had seen the handwriting on the wall. Between the early 1820s and late 1830s, fur brigades had moved from watershed …

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Old Westerns: Fiction vs Reality

Seeing the historical figures that are displayed around the museum suddenly come to life in Westen films is entertaining, but not always historically accurate. Many of the information we …

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A Cossack Wild West poster, 1896. Museum purchase. 1.69.451

Georgian horsemen in the Wild West show – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2019 Georgian horsemen in the Wild West show By Irakli Makharadze Translated from Georgian by Salome and Nino Makharadze …

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Caching in Birds: What it is, the Why and How

A few weeks ago a friend asked me what the word cache meant. Many species of animals commonly cache complete meals or leftovers. In fact, …

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Harold McCracken collage

Harold McCracken’s Nature Writing – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2017 Harold McCracken’s Nature Writing By Mary Robinson In a previous, two-part Points West Online installment, Mary Robinson told …

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Museum Minute: Lakota Tradition of Celebrating Childbirth

Hunter Old Elk, the curatorial assistant of the Plains Indian Museum, said when children come into this world, they are a new generation.  “They are …

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The Day I met Willis McDonald

Shortly after I started at the McCracken Research Library, our Director, Mary Robinson, came into my office one day. “Do you want to go to …

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Museum Minute: A Unique Copy Of George Catlin’s Books Of Paintings

Artist George Catlin made a number of trips to the West in the 1830s. He spent a lot of time with the upper Missouri tribes, …

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Cowboy saddling horse. Adobe Stock image (detail)

How Not to Spook a Horse – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2020 How Not to Spook a Horse By Jim Davis This article giving advice on how not to spook …

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Firearms and the West gallery in the Cody Firearms Museum, with Winchester Factory lintel.

Museum Minute: How A Museum Decides What To Collect

The Cody Firearms Museum has over 7,000 firearms in the collection. So are they looking to add anything to the collection? Danny Michael, the curator …

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Winchester carbine, ca. 1868. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection. 1988.8.168

150 Years On Target – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall 2016 150 Years On Target New Mexico Electric News, May–June 1966 An unlikely magazine—New Mexico Electric News, May–June 1966—featured …

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Craftsman and Artist: A Brief Look at the Leather Shops of the Early 1900s

A brief look at leather shops and saddle makers of the early 1900s.

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Museum Minute: “The Last of Their Race”

Artist John Mix Stanley crossed thousands of miles among the western territories in the mid-1800’s. He even went as far as Hawaii in his travels. …

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Shoshone Irrigation Company partners hoped the Shoshone River - shown here before the Buffalo Bill Dam - could irrigate lands downstream. Jack Richard Collection. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. P.89.88

The Story of Bronson Rumsey and His Business Records – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall 2011 From Buffalo, New York, to Cody, Wyoming: The Story of Bronson Rumsey and His Business Records By Jeremy …

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Protect Our Indigenous Sisters

Women-led, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Movement (MMIWG) increases awareness for staggering violence, disappearances, and exploitation against Indigenous peoples, especially women.

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Museum Minute: Monte, the Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern screech owls are found east of the Rocky Mountains of the continental divide. They do overlap a little with the Western Screech Owl, so …

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Mountain Men of the Old School

Max Wilde first drifted through the Cody area in 1913. An Indiana farm boy, he was fascinated by stories of hunting and trapping in the …

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Saw-whet owl, 1967. National Park Service photo by Stan Canter.

Taking to the Field with the Draper Natural History Museum – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2010 Taking to the Field with the Draper Natural History Museum By Jennifer McDonald Nature buffs are always excited …

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Museum Minute: A Toy Horse and Doll

Toys are a great example of how historians learn about people’s everyday lives. Hunter Old Elk, the curatorial assistant of the Plains Indian Museum, said …

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Michael Haynes (b. 1956). "The Scouts—John Potts, Richard Windsor, Hugh McNeal, and George Drouillard," 1805, 2008. Watercolor. Collection of Timothy Peterson. Image courtesy Michael Haynes. (detail)

To the Western Ocean: Paintings by Michael Haynes – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2009 To the Western Ocean: Paintings by Michael Haynes By Christine C. Brindza In 2009, Michael Haynes’s To the …

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Museum Minute: How Pop Culture Influences Firearms Collecting

Pop culture usually influences the way we live. And it turns out firearms collecting is no different. Danny Michael, the Cody Firearms Museum curator, said …

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Rebecca West named Executive Director & CEO of Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Buffa​lo Bill Center of the West Board of Trustees Executive Director Exploratory Task Force and the Board’s Executive Committee today announced the promotion of Rebecca West …

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Museum Minute: A Telegram Keeps A Memory Alive

Larry Larom was the owner of a famous dude ranch southwest of Cody. He had long been supportive of the Cody Stampede Rodeo and was …

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Museum Minute: Ted Waddell’s “Red Lodge Horses”

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Whitney Western Art Museum in 2008, artist Ted Waddell donated a large painting titled,  Red Lodge Horses. Turns out …

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Museum Minute: Spoon Exemplifies Quill Work

There are times when a curator of a museum may decide not to keep an object that came in with a larger collection. That’s because …

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Thomas Mickell Burnham (1818-1866). "The Lewis and Clark Expedition," ca. 1850. Oil on canvas, 36.125 x 48.5 inches. Museum purchase. 21.78 (detail)

Collection Connections with the Corps of Discovery – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2009 Collection Connections with the Corps of Discovery By Christine C. Brindza In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson chose Meriwether …

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Pulp Fiction

When Bill Hayes was thirteen years old, he spent several days at a mine in the Bighorn Mountains. Some cousins had invited Bill, his Dad, …

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The blog will feature various surprising bird facts.

Raptors Aren’t Always What You Expect

There are many surprises in the natural world. Some are due to our own false interpretations and conclusions, others are due to misinformation we have been given, as well as information that at one time was considered true but has been disproven.

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Chasing butterflies with nets outstretched.

Fields of Discovery – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineWinter 2009 Fields of Discovery Ed. note: This article shares the story of a past series of summer educational programs. …

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Museum Minute: The ‘Biography’ That Made Colt Buntline Revolvers Famous

Colt Buntline Revolvers weren’t very well known until a biography was written about Wyatt Earp. Earp was an American law enforcement officer who served as …

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Fig. 7: Buffalo Bill's Wild West show cast and personnel, Earl's Court, London, England, May 1887. MS 6 William F. Cody Collection, McCracken Research Library. P.6.205

Finding Frank – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2016 Finding Frank By Jennifer R. Henneman In a previous Points West Online article, readers took great delight in …

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Museum Minute: The Stetson Hat In Literature

John B. Stetson came West as a young man. He was the son of a successful hatter. In the West, he recognized the need for …

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Greater sage-grouse habitat exhibit in the Draper Natural History Museum

BBCW Youth Advisors awarded environmental project grant from Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution has awarded $500 to the Youth Advisory Board (a group of Cody High School students) at the Buffalo Bill Center of the …

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Kurz and Allison print. "Capture and Death of Sitting Bull," January 5, 1891. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC, 20540 USA. LC-DIG-pga-01896

Sitting Bull: Even Cody Couldn’t Save Him – Points West Online

Originally published in 1980 in the Center’s newsletter, and reprinted in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2015 Sitting Bull: Even Cody Couldn’t Save Him By Gene BallFormer …

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William Ranney (1813-1857). "The Prairie Burial," 1848. Gift of Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran. 3.97 (detail)

Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2006 Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney By Sarah E. Boehme, PhDFormer Curator, Whitney Western Art …

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From the Streets to the Academy: the Charles G. Clarke Story

Charles G. Clarke (1899 – 1983) may not have been present for the settling of the American West, but he sure was present for the …

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Museum Minute: A Chromolithograph of the Grand Prismatic Spring

Painter Thomas Moran visited Yellowstone National Park in 1871. A year before, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park. Moran traveled to Yellowstone on a …

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New York's Park Theatre (foreground) and environ, ca. 1830. Wikipedia.

Will the Real Frontiersman Please Stand Up? – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2015 Will the Real Frontiersman Please Stand Up? By Sandra K. Sagala The controversy over the film The Interview …

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Dentalium Shell Dress, Lakota (Sioux), Northern Plains, ca. 1890. Wool, dentalium shells, and ribbon. Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection. NA.202.1229 (detail)

Museum Minute: Dentalium Shell Dress

One day while working in the Plains Indian Museum collections, Hunter Old Elk, the curatorial assistant, found a very heavy box. “I didn’t really know …

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William R. Leigh (). "The Three Tetons," 1911. Oil on canvas. Gift of Michael Coleman (by exchange). 20.85

Margaret Murie: Sunlight Aura and Spine of Steel – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2003 Margaret Murie: Sunlight Aura and Spine of Steel By Valarie HammFormer Intern, Draper Natural History Museum Nestled in …

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Firearms and the West gallery, Cody Firearms Museum.

Cody Firearms Museum celebrates its collection with an anniversary

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum, completely redesigned and renovated in 2019, includes about 4,200 firearms in its 40,000 square feet …

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Avian Courtship: Let’s Get It On

Let’s face it, most of us have had our hearts broken at some point. When that happens, it’s completely normal to swear to ourselves that …

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J.P. Beck, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Kentucky long rifle, ca. 1800, .55 cal. Beck was one of the most renowned makers of Kentucky rifles during the so-called “Golden Age,” working between 1785 and 1811. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection. 1988.8.1044

Favorite Firearms – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2019 Favorite Firearms A number of firearms experts, scholars, enthusiasts, and Buffalo Bill Center of the West staffers are …

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Museum Minute: Dude Ranches in the Big Horn Mountains

The McCracken Research Library director loves artifacts that tell a bigger story. Mary Robinson said one of her favorite examples is a pamphlet that talks …

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"Fishing Cone." What Lies Beneath: Exploring Yellowstone Lake’s Mysterious Vents / Photographs by Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Exhibition: What Lies Beneath

Upcoming exhibition Opening April 24, 2021 What Lies Beneath: Exploring Yellowstone Lake’s Mysterious Vents documents the scientific expedition known as the Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone LAKE …

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Charles Fritz painting at Traveler’s Rest, just west of Lolo, Montana, one of the camping sites of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Photo courtesy Charles Fritz. (detail)

Charles Fritz: A Present-Day Artist on the Trail of Lewis and Clark – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2009 A Present-Day Artist on the Trail of Lewis and Clark By Christine C. Brindza It began with one …

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Lithograph, 1899: "Charge of the 24th and 25th Colored Infantry and Rescue of Rough Riders at San Juan Hill," July 2, 1898. Copyrighted 1899 by Kunz & Allison, 267-269 Wabash Ave., Chicago. 1.69.5750

Blacks in Army Blue – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2018 Blacks in Army Blue: Early Depictions by Frederic Remington and William F. Cody By Dr. John Langellier John …

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Mel Stonehouse: Story of a Horse Wreck

I have been hearing about Mel Stonehouse since I arrived here, and he’s become a legend in my mind. Many of the colorful Cody characters …

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Museum Minute: Winchester Archives

The Cody Firearms Museum is well known for its huge collection of Winchester firearms. But Danny Michael, museum’s curator, said the museum actually has a …

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Portrait of a cougar, mountain lion, puma, Winter mountains

Seldom Seen: Elusive Predators of Yellowstone Country – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineWinter 2019–2020 Seldom Seen: Elusive Predators of Yellowstone Country By Mark Davis Bill Hackney was driving on Muddy Mountain near Casper, Wyoming, …

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Harold McCracken on the schooner Morrissey, ca. 1928. MS 305 Harold McCracken Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. N198#F1253V (detail)

Alaska Man, Part 2 – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2017 Alaska Man, Part 2 Click here to read part one… By Mary Robinson In part one of Alaska …

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Everything You Need to Know About Will James

You have questions about Will James … we have the answers. Here’s everything you need to know about James in a nutshell.

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Fig. 15: Bear Lake Camp. MS 305 Harold McCracken Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. N115#01990V (detail)

Alaska Man, Part 1 – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2017 Alaska Man, Part 1 By Mary Robinson “You’d take him for a schoolmaster, precisely like a schoolmaster, or …

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Museum Minute: A Modern Pipe Bag

Lauren Good Day is Arikara Hidatsa Blackfeet and Plains Cree. Rebecca West, the curator of the Plains Indian Museum, said this diverse cultural heritage informs …

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A Year in Review with the Draper Natural History Museum: 2020

This year has thrown everyone a curve ball. Learn how the Draper Natural History Museum rose to the unexpected challenge of 2020 as we look …

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Museum Minute: Jade the Bald Eagle

The Draper Museum Raptor Experience will be 10 years old in 2021. In honor, we are featuring the 11 raptors in the program. Jade is …

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Museum Minute: The Sharp Cabin

The Whitney Western Art Museum has a studio collection of Joseph Henry Sharp. He is best known as a Tao Society artist, but he also …

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Good news and bad news, Russell or Heikka? – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2018 Good news and bad news, Russell or Heikka? By Peter Hassrick, PhD The Buffalo Bill Center of the …

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Everything You Need to Know About W.H.D. Koerner

You have questions about W.H.D. Koerner … we have the answers. Here’s everything you need to know about Koerner in a nutshell.

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Montana Bill performing live in Broncho Tom's Wild West Show, Vinegarhill (Gallowgate) Fairground, Glasgow, 1915. Courtesy Tom F. Cunningham at snbba.co.uk.

Lies and Legends of Montana Bill, Part 2 – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2018 Lies and Legends of Montana Bill, Part 2 Click here to read part 1… By Tom F. Cunningham …

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Museum Minute: Winchester Model 70

The Winchester Model 70 has long been called the rifleman’s rifle. The gun is also an iconic American Bolt-Action that was designed in the 1930s. …

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12 Days of Christmas and Its Birds

It’s likely you are familiar with the carol, “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Moreover, you have probably sung it. But, have you ever noted how many …

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Museum Minute: Lakota American Motif Dress

Kate Fools Crow was Lakota and the wife of the renowned spiritual leader Frank Fools Crow. Kate made a dress sometime in the 1970s that had …

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Wild West's Buck Taylor with the show's Indian encampment on Erostina Staten Island, ca. 1888. MS 006 William F. Cody Collection, McCracken Research Library. P.6.201

Lies and Legends of Montana Bill, Part 1 – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2018 Lies and Legends of Montana Bill, Part 1 By Tom F. Cunningham Wild West Echoes in Glasgow Of …

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Museum Minute: Amelia the Short Eared Owl

The Draper Museum Raptor Experience will be 10 years old in 2021. In honor, we are featuring the 11 raptors in the program. Amelia is …

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Points West blog 291: Taylor Keen and his garden, before and after

Sacred Seeds: A Journey to the Past to Chart a New Future – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSummer 2020 Sacred Seeds: A Journey to the Past to Chart a New Future By Michaela Jones When a longtime …

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Cartridge belt, ca. 1900. Abercrombie & Fitch. Gift of Irving H. "Larry" Larom. 1.69.735AB

Museum Minute: The Start of Abercrombie and Fitch

Most people know Abercrombie and Fitch as a clothing store. But Ashley Hlebinsky, the curator emeritus of the Cody Firearms Museums, said it started out …

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From this photograph of the Indians in Buffalo Bill's Wild West at Chicago in 1893, it's clear that Native Americans formed a large and integral part of the Wild West. If they hadn't been able to perform, the show would have suffered immensely. MS71 Vincent Mercaldo Collection. P.71.1563

Rough Riding with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2014 Rough Riding with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West By Tom F. Cunningham As organized in 1891, Buffalo Bill’s Wild …

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Everything You Need To Know About Frederic Remington

You have questions about Frederic Remington … we have the answers. Here’s everything you need to know about Remington in a nutshell.

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Ithaca Single Barrel Trap Gun, 12 gauge, Serial Number 264501, owned by Annie Oakley. Oakley with a rifle. 2008.10.1 and P.69.0932

Ithaca Gun Company records find a new home with the Cody Firearms Records Office

Walter Snyder, Ithaca historian, has generously donated the surviving records from the original Ithaca Gun Company to the Center to be used by the Cody …

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Turkeys, Thanksgiving, and Our National Bird

10 Interesting Facts About Turkeys 1) Did you know turkeys have a name sake? Turkey vultures received their common name because their naked head resembles …

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Museum Minute: “The Story Teller”

The Plains Indian Museum not only collects older artwork but also contemporary artwork. The museum has a piece of pottery by Rose Pecos SunRhodes.  “[It’s] …

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The Life and Work of Will James by Nicole Todd

The Life and Work of Will James – Points West Online

Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2019 The Life and Work of Will James By Nicole Todd The life of Will James is one of …

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Museum Minute: Vincent Mercaldo

Vincent Mercaldo was a painter and artist. But many people, including his family, didn’t realize that he collected and manipulated photographs as well. “What makes …

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