Calendar of Events

Oct
1
Sat
Coffee & Curators for Members: Buffalo Bill Museum @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee & Curators

Join us for refreshments and a curator talk with Jeremy Johnston, Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum.

Buffalo Bill Museum.

Buffalo Bill Museum.

Our Coffee & Curators series invites members to enjoy coffee, refreshments, and each other as one of our curators speaks about a topic inspired by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s permanent collections, including special up-close or behind-the-scenes access.

Space for this members event is limited and reservations are required. Call 307-578-4008 or e-mail us to reserve your seat. Meet us at the main entrance.

Future date:

Not yet a member but interested in joining? Click here to find out more. You can even join online!

Oct
12
Wed
Buffalo Gals Luncheon: Ranger Reflections @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Oct 12 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Buffalo Gals Luncheon

October 12, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us for a delicious lunch and a talk by our speaker Molly Moore, who presents Ranger Reflections: What it’s really like to work in Yellowstone National Park.

Molly Moore shares "Ranger Reflection" at our October 12 Buffalo Gals Luncheon.

Molly Moore shares “Ranger Reflection” at our October 12 Buffalo Gals Luncheon.

Ranger Reflections tells the story of Moore’s introduction to Yellowstone, the jobs she did there, and the life lessons learned. She joined the National Park Service in 2007 and spent several years discovering the best and worst of “Wonderland.” She worked the West Entrance gate, meeting millions of people a year in one of the busiest park entrance stations in the country. She presented interpretive ranger programs to hundreds of park visitors, and filled in with trail crews and backcountry patrols.

Visiting a national park is on most people’s bucket list, but what’s it like to actually make a living in one? Following a graduate school internship through the Plains Indian Museum in the Center of the West, Moore joined the National Park Service to flex her knowledge and seek adventure. Working in Yellowstone was rarely a dull experience. From close encounters with wildlife to skiing the Madison River in January, Moore shares the serious and comical experiences that confront Yellowstone’s work force.

Cost for our luncheon is just $25 for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members and $35 for non-members. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today by e-mailing our Membership Office or calling 307-578-4008.

About our speaker

Molly Moore works for the Custer Gallatin National Forest in West Yellowstone, Montana. For the past decade, she rangered in Yellowstone National Park, at the West Entrance gate, as an Interpretive Naturalist, and as a General Ranger on trails and horseback. A graduate of Montana State University, Moore has a Master of Arts in Native American Studies. She spends as much time as possible outdoors—running, skiing, biking, hiking, backpacking, and fly-fishing. She and her husband Joe reside on Horse Butte with two dogs and an ancient cat, in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Not yet a Buffalo Bill Center of the West member? Click here to find out more and join!

Oct
13
Thu
Lunchtime Expedition: The Wolves of Yellowstone @ Center of the West's Coe Auditorium
Oct 13 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Doug Smith, PhD
The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First Twenty Years

Gray wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. At our October 13 Lunchtime Expedition, biologist Doug Smith takes us through the wolves’ first twenty years there. He discusses wolf population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, effects of the wolves’ presence on ecosystems, and wolf management within Yellowstone National Park.

About our speaker

Yellowstone's Senior Wildlife Biologist Doug Smith in the field with a collared wolf. Smith discusses wolves since reintroduction at the October 13 Lunchtime Expedition.

Yellowstone’s Senior Wildlife Biologist Doug Smith in the field with a collared wolf. Smith discusses wolves since reintroduction at the October 13 Lunchtime Expedition.

As Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone National Park, Dr. Doug Smith supervises the park’s wolf, bird, and elk programs. He was formerly the Project Leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project which managed the reintroduction and restoration of wolves to Yellowstone. Smith holds a bachelor’s of science in wildlife biology from the University of Idaho, a master’s in biology from Michigan Technological University, and a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from the University of Nevada-Reno.

He has written several journal articles and book chapters, and has co-authored three books. In addition to the wolf, Smith has expertise on beavers and birds. He is a sought-after speaker, and has participated in a number of documentaries. He also worked with National Geographic Magazine for their May 2016 issue dedicated to Yellowstone and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.

From February through December, join us the first Thursday of each month for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures, supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch, explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions:

  • November 3: Todd Guenther with Dinwoody Glacier Area Archaeology
  • December 1: Chris Finley with What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Oct
28
Fri
Family Fun Day: Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween Family Fun Day

October 28, 2016, 2 – 4 p.m.

There are always some spooky and fun activities at our “Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween” celebration which combines education, fun, and treats.

Learn more about Teasdale, our great horned owl, and the special relations owls have with Halloween.

Learn more about Teasdale, our great horned owl, and the special relations owls have with Halloween.

The Draper Museum Raptor Experience’s great horned owl Teasdale and turkey vulture Suli make appearances to help visitors learn more about the birds’ relationship to Halloween.

Participants also enjoy “spooky” programs and crafts, including making a mask and “grossology.” And of course, don’t forget to come in costume and trick-or-treat through the Draper Natural History Museum.

Thanks to a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, our Family Fun Days are free for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members, and just $10 per family for non-members.

Plan ahead to attend our future Family Fun Days:

  • November 18, 2016: 3 – 7 p.m.
  • January 20, 2017: 3 – 7 p.m.
  • March 17, 2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Like our Kids Programs Facebook page and keep up-to-date on program information specifically for kids and families!

Nov
3
Thu
Lunchtime Expedition: Dinwoody Glacier Area Archeology @ Center of the West's Coe Auditorium
Nov 3 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Draper Natural History MuseumTodd Guenther
Dinwoody Glacier Area Archaeology: 12,000 Years of Humans and Ice in Wyoming’s Highest Mountains

At our November 3 Lunchtime Expedition, speaker Todd Guenther discusses the archaeology of the Dinwoody Glacier area in the Wind River Mountains, including the highest known bison jump in North America recently discovered by the Central Wyoming College archaeological field school.

About our speaker

Todd Guenther is Professor of Anthropology and History at Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Riverton, Wyoming. He has been voted instructor of the year by both students and faculty colleagues at CWC, and his research publications investigating race, gender, and westward expansion have received awards from several western states and organizations. Guenther has previously been on the staff of the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, Curator at South Pass City State Historic Site, and Director of the Pioneer Museum in Lander.

Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.

From February through December, join us the first Thursday of each month for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures, supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch, explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Nov
5
Sat
Coffee & Curators for Members: Whitney Western Art Museum @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee & Curators

Join us for refreshments and a curator talk with Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum.

Whitney Western Art Museum.

Whitney Western Art Museum.

Our Coffee & Curators series invites members to enjoy coffee, refreshments, and each other as one of our curators speaks about a topic inspired by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s permanent collections, including special up-close or behind-the-scenes access.

Space for this members event is limited and reservations are required. Call 307-578-4008 or e-mail us to reserve your seat. Meet us at the main entrance.

Not yet a member but interested in joining? Click here to find out more. You can even join online!

Nov
19
Sat
Members Double-Discount Days, November @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our onsite, downtown, and online stores November 22 and 23.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our store November 19 and 20.

All members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum Store at the Center, our second store location in downtown Cody (at 1210 Sheridan Avenue), and even in our online store. Our November Double-Discount Shopping Days take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 19 and 20—why not finish up (or get started with) your Christmas shopping!

With a wonderful selection of jewelry, scarves, chocolates, books, handmade Native American crafts, prints, and unique Wyoming gifts, there’s something for everyone. Some exclusions apply.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our downtown store May 3 and 4.

Center members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our downtown store November 19 and 20 as well.

Members must present their valid membership card to receive the 20 percent discount.

Click here to shop online: discount code coming soon! You will paste the code into the Discount Code field and click “Apply Coupon” before completing your payment.

Not a member yet?

Are you interested in joining the Center of the West and enjoying all the benefits of membership?

Click here to find out more!

Nov
20
Sun
Members Double-Discount Days, November @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our onsite, downtown, and online stores November 22 and 23.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our store November 19 and 20.

All members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum Store at the Center, our second store location in downtown Cody (at 1210 Sheridan Avenue), and even in our online store. Our November Double-Discount Shopping Days take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 19 and 20—why not finish up (or get started with) your Christmas shopping!

With a wonderful selection of jewelry, scarves, chocolates, books, handmade Native American crafts, prints, and unique Wyoming gifts, there’s something for everyone. Some exclusions apply.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our downtown store May 3 and 4.

Center members enjoy a 20 percent discount in our downtown store November 19 and 20 as well.

Members must present their valid membership card to receive the 20 percent discount.

Click here to shop online: discount code coming soon! You will paste the code into the Discount Code field and click “Apply Coupon” before completing your payment.

Not a member yet?

Are you interested in joining the Center of the West and enjoying all the benefits of membership?

Click here to find out more!

Dec
1
Thu
Lunchtime Expedition: Archaeologist Chris Finley @ Center of the West's Coe Auditorium
Dec 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Draper Natural History MuseumChris Finley

At our December 1 Lunchtime Expedition, archaeologist Chris Finley shares: What I Did on My Summer Vacationnwoody Glacier area in the Wind River Mountains, including the highest known bison jump in North America recently discovered by the Central Wyoming College archaeological field school.

About our speaker

Chris Finley received his training at the University of Wyoming under the direction of Dr. George Frison. Finley retired from the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist in 1998 where he served as Collection Manager and Assistant to the Wyoming State Curator. He worked part time as Project Manager for archaeological contractors and various federal agencies until 2003 when he became the Cultural Resource Program Manager at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.  Chris partnered with his son Judson to start the Northwest College Archaeology Field School in 2000.

Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.

From February through December, join us the first Thursday of each month for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures, supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch, explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Dec
3
Sat
Holiday Open House @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

food_toy-textHoliday Open House

Celebrates the season with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West at our annual Holiday Open House, a day filled with festive decorations, Santa Claus, and entertainment.

The Holiday Open House is free, but families attending are encouraged to share the holiday spirit: Bring a can of food or a new, unwrapped toy that the Center will donate to charitable organizations for distribution throughout the community.
Dancers performing at the Center of the West's annual Holiday Open House

Entertainment

Local and regional groups perform for the crowds at our Holiday Open House, with entertainment running simultaneously in two venues. The diverse programs offer something for everyone: music by choruses, carolers, honor choirs, jazz bands, and barbershop quartets; dance in styles from ballet to modern, clogging to tap. All our performers generously volunteer their time and talent.

Santa visits with a hopeful childVisit with Santa

Santa Claus considers the Buffalo Bill Center of the West a very important stop in his preparations for Christmas each year. Children (of all ages!) can visit with Santa at the Holiday Open House and tell him their wishes for the holiday season. He’ll be here all day!

Draper Museum Raptor Experience

The birds of our Draper Museum Raptor Experience attend the Holiday Open House as well! Find them and their “mobile perches”—their human handlers—in the John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery of the Draper Natural History Museum.

Holiday Stories

The Cody Reading Council is always on hand near Santa to read favorite Christmas and holiday stories, so don’t worry! If that line to Santa is long, there will be plenty to entertain the children while they wait.

Print a Bookmark

Our resident printer, Volunteer Mike Parker, helps visitors print their own souvenir bookmark. Find Mike next to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s printing press in the Buffalo Bill Museum.

Sixteen-foot Christmas tree

Our Museum Store

The Center’s Museum Store carries unique gifts, fine jewelry, books, music, toys, clothing, and more. For the Holiday Open House, the Store offers discounts on select items in celebration of the season, and hosts book signings by Center and local authors.

Holiday Decorations

Festive decorations not only greet visitors to the Holiday Open House, but through New Years to spread holiday cheer!

A sixteen-foot decorated Christmas tree graces the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West each year for the Holiday Open House.