Calendar of Events

Jan
19
Thu
Cody Culture Club: Establishing A Pioneer Center in a Small Town with Jeremy Johnston @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Establishing a Pioneer Center in a Small Town: The Early History of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association

Interior of original Buffalo Bill Museum.

Interior of original Buffalo Bill Museum.

Jeremy Johnston, Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum

January 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Cody Culture Club: if you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Join us every third Thursday, January – April. Appetizers and cash bar at every program.

Our Januarty program examines the early history of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association and its efforts to create a lasting memorial for William F. Cody. This endeavor resulted in the successful establishment of a “pioneer center” in Cody, Wyoming, interpreting the history of the American West as envisioned by Buffalo Bill’s niece and first curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Mary Jester Allen.

Jeremy Johnston.

Jeremy Johnston.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. To learn more, call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 or visit our Cody Culture Club page.

About our speaker:

Jeremy M. Johnston, M.A., is the Hal and Naoma Tate Endowed Chair and Curator of Western Studies, Ernest J. Goppert Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, and Managing Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody at the Center of the West. He is an authority on the history of the frontier and the American West. He continues to research how popular depictions of American Frontier myths and legends evolved from historical events and public figures.

Sponsored by:

  • BHHS Brokerage West, Inc.
  • Way West Management Co. – Ryan and Erynne Selk
  • Carlene Lebous and Harris Haston

Ticket packages available:

  • DVD, Characters of Cody with Al & Pete Simpson= $20
  • $90 Center Member Couple = 2 tickets to each event for members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • $110 Member Tickets/DVD Combo = 2 tickets to each event for members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West + Characters of Cody DVD
  • $100 Community Member Couple = 2 tickets to each event for community members
  • $200 Membership/Tickets Combo = 2 tickets to each event + Family Membership to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West + FREE Characters of Cody DVD
  • $500 Business Sponsor = 4 tickets to each event + advertising opportunities
  • $600 Membership/Sponsor Combo = 4 tickets to each event + advertising opportunities + Business Wild West Circle Membership + FREE Characters of Cody DVD
  • OR $20 per person at the door at each event.

Upcoming Cody Culture Club programs:

  • February 16: Art in Cody—The Whitney Legacy with Peter Hassrick
  • March 16: Evolution of the Firearm and the Hunter with Ashley Hlebinsky and Paul Brock, at the Cody Firearms Experience
  • April 20: The West as it Was with Clay Gibbons, at Old Trail Town

Visit centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub or call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 for more information.

Jan
20
Fri
Family Fun Day: Winterfest @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Winterfest Family Fun Day

January 20, 2017
3 –  7 p.m.

Join us for our January Family Fun Day, where families enjoy activities, hands-on projects, and the fun of time together.

Come in from the cold for our January Family Fun Day.

Come in from the cold for our January Family Fun Day.

Many of us may want to hunker down and hibernate through a long cold winter. Instead, venture out to the museum for some winter fun. Keep your creative juices from freezing up through games, crafts, a new wall mural, and many surprised.

A complimentary dinner is included from 5 – 6:30 p.m. for the first 200 participants.

Click here for our flyer.

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

Plan ahead to attend our March Family Fun Day:

  • March 17, 2017: Back to the Future—Celebrating 100 Years! 3 – 7 p.m.

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

Feb
16
Thu
Cody Culture Club: Art in Cody–The Whitney Legacy with Peter Hassrick @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney poses with "The Scout," her sculpture of William F. Cody, ca. 1923. P.69.185

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney poses with “The Scout,” her sculpture of William F. Cody, ca. 1923. P.69.185

Art in Cody: The Whitney Legacy
Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus & Senior Scholar

February 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Cody Culture Club: if you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Join us every third Thursday, January – April. Appetizers and cash bar at every program.

At our February event, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar Peter Hassrick shares the story of the Whitney family and their role in the formation of what ultimately became a national treasure: the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. To learn more, call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 or visit our Cody Culture Club page.

About our speaker:

Peter H. Hassrick is a writer and independent American art scholar who focuses on the West. Following 20 years as director of the then-named Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Hassrick is now Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar (Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody), Director Emeritus (Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum), Founding Director Emeritus (Charles Russell Center, University of Oklahoma), and founding Director (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe). He was also Curator of Collections, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, for five years.

Peter Hassrick.

Peter Hassrick.

Hassrick was born in Philadelphia and raised in Denver and Steamboat Springs. B.A., History, University of Colorado and M.A., Art History, University of Denver.

Selected, major books include Frederic Remington (Abrams, 1973), The Way West (Abrams, 1977); The Rocky Mountains: A Vision for Artists in the 19th Century (U of Oklahoma Press, 1983) with Patricia Trenton; Treasures of the Old West (Abrams, 1984); Charles Russell (Abrams/Smithsonian, 1989);  Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné (BBHC, 1996) with Melissa Webster;  Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park (U of Washington Press, 2002); Wildlife and Western Heroes: Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor (Amon Carter Museum, 2003); The Art of William Ranney (BBHC, 2006) with Linda Bantel; In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (U of Oklahoma Press, 2008) with Elizabeth Cunningham; Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (U of Oklahoma Press, 2015) with Mindy Besaw and Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II (U of Oklahoma Press, 2016) with others.

Sponsored by:

  • BHHS Brokerage West, Inc.
  • Way West Management Co. – Ryan and Erynne Selk
  • Carlene Lebous and Harris Haston

Ticket packages available:

  • DVD, Characters of Cody with Al & Pete Simpson= $20
  • $90 Center Member Couple = 2 tickets to each event for members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • $110 Member Tickets/DVD Combo = 2 tickets to each event for members of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West + Characters of Cody DVD
  • $100 Community Member Couple = 2 tickets to each event for community members
  • $200 Membership/Tickets Combo = 2 tickets to each event + Family Membership to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West + FREE Characters of Cody DVD
  • $500 Business Sponsor = 4 tickets to each event + advertising opportunities
  • $600 Membership/Sponsor Combo = 4 tickets to each event + advertising opportunities + Business Wild West Circle Membership + FREE Characters of Cody DVD
  • OR $20 per person at the door at each event.

Upcoming Cody Culture Club programs:

  • March 16: Evolution of the Firearm and the Hunter with Ashley Hlebinsky and Paul Brock, at the Cody Firearms Experience
  • April 20: The West as it Was with Clay Gibbons, at Old Trail Town

Visit centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub or call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 for more information.

Feb
24
Fri
Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Bash @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Bash

February 24, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.

Wish Buffalo Bill a “happy birthday!” at a free birthday party event at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Our birthday party usually features the ever-popular Buffalo Bill Band. This a lively group of musicians as they play tunes from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.

Families and kids can always find fun and educational activities brought to you by our innovative Interpretive Education Department. Enjoy birthday cake and snacks, and a cash bar in the Hub throughout the party.


CHS FFA Wreath-laying ceremonyA “Buffalo Bill” weekend in Cody!

Our celebration at the Center is just one of the events in town centered around Buffalo Bill’s birthday.

The Cody High School FFA chapter hosts its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture Buffalo Bill—The Scout on Monday, February 27, 11 a.m.

The Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball, a charity event organized by the Knights of Columbus, takes place Saturday, February 25 with dancing,dinner, live and silent auctions, and turn-of-the-century dress.

Mar
16
Thu
Cody Culture Club: Evolution of the Firearm and the Hunter with Ashley Hlebinsky and Paul Brock @ Cody Firearms Experience
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Evolution of the Firearm and the Hunter
Ashley Hlebinsky & Paul Brock

March 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
at the Cody Firearms Experience

Cody Culture Club: if you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Join us every third Thursday, January – April. Appetizers and cash bar at every program.

On March 16, join Cody Firearms Museum Curator Ashley Hlebinsky, and the Cody Firearms Experience’s Paul Brock for an introduction to the history of the firearm from flintlocks to the modern day sporting rifle. Learn about man’s impact on wildlife and how hunters led the effort for today’s wildlife conservation. This program takes place at the Cody Firearms Experience, where replica historical firearms available for rent.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. To learn more, call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 or visit our Cody Culture Club page.

The Cody Firearms Experience's Paul Brock

Cody Firearms Experience’s Paul Brock

Ashley Hlebinsky

Cody Firearms Museum’s Ashley Hlebinsky

Sponsored by:

  • BHHS Brokerage West, Inc.
  • Way West Management Co. – Ryan and Erynne Selk
  • Carlene Lebous and Harris Haston

Upcoming Cody Culture Club program:

  • April 20: The West as it Was with Clay Gibbons, at Old Trail Town

Visit centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub or call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 for more information.

Mar
17
Fri
Family Fun Day: Back to the Future—Celebrating 100 Years! @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Back to the Future—Celebrating 100 Years! Family Fun Day

March 17, 2017
3 –  7 p.m.

Join us for our March Family Fun Day, where families enjoy activities, hands-on projects, and the fun of time together.

centennial-logo-final-2The year 2017 is the museum’s 100th birthday! Come help us celebrate the occasion as we look back at our history and imagine our future. Activities throughout the museum will transport us through time, and engage our imaginations.

A complimentary dinner is included from 5 – 6:30 p.m. for the first 200 participants.

Click here for our flyer.

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

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

Apr
20
Thu
Cody Culture Club: The West as it Was with Clay Gibbons, Old Trail Town @ Old Trail Town
Apr 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The West as it Was
Clay Gibbons, Old Trail Town

April 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
at Old Trail Town

Old Trail Town

Old Trail Town

Cody Culture Club: if you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Join us every third Thursday, January – April. Appetizers and cash bar at every program.

Located on the original town site of Cody, Old Trail Town has been transporting visitors back in time to the Old West for the past 50 years. Hear how this unique attraction came to be including history of the relocated buildings and characters reburied there!

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. To learn more, call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 or visit our Cody Culture Club page.

About our speaker:

From an early age, Clay Gibbons was interested in the History of the Old West. In 1976 he met Bob Edgar, a man he had admired for years.  Bob became a close friend and mentor. Eventually Bob asked Clay to be on the board of the Museum of the Old West (a 501(c)3 who later purchased the private interest in Old Trail Town) and he served as president for several years.

Clay’s interest turned into a passion fueled by the desire to learn all he could about specific events that had occurred in his part of Wyoming. There were battles, sheep raids, ghost towns, trails, and sites that were overlooked and soon to be forgotten that Clay began to research. This endeavor soon branched out as he was able to determine the exact locations of some of Wyoming’s most interesting historical sites. He has now researched, located and raised the funds for five State Historical Markers in northern Wyoming.

Sponsored by:

  • BHHS Brokerage West, Inc.
  • Way West Management Co. – Ryan and Erynne Selk
  • Carlene Lebous and Harris Haston

Visit centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub or call Rachel Lee at 307-578-4009 for more information.

Jun
17
Sat
Plains Indian Museum Powwow @ Center of the West's Robbie Powwow Garden
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Native culture, dance, and arts

Join us for the 36th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow, a cultural celebration and competitive dance competition, on June 17 and 18, 2017.

Powwow dancer D'andre Augustine, 2015. Photo by Ken Blackbird.

Powwow dancer D’andre Augustine, 2015. Photo by Ken Blackbird.

Grand Entries:

  • June 17: Noon and 6 p.m.
  • June 18: Noon

Dancers, drum groups, and artists from Northern Plains tribes gather to celebrate their vibrant cultural traditions and histories. Dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance. Men, women, teens, and children compete in various age groups for more than $25,000 in prizes. The Learning Tipi is a popular educational program that invites visitors to discover the traditions of powwow.

Visitors shop for authentic Indian jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, clothing, basketry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, and more at more than forty vendor booths, and enjoy fry bread and Indian taco vendors, as well as food and beverage concessions.

Admission Prices and Information

Powwow begins at noon both days with a Grand Entry. On Saturday a second Grand Entry takes place at 6 p.m. Powwow runs till about 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Gate opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. each day. Tickets are available at the gate or at the Center’s admissions desk beginning the Monday before Powwow. Admission is good for one day of the event.

  • $10 for adults (18 and older)
  • $5 for youths (7 – 17)
  • Children 6 and younger free
  • Dancers, drums, and their family members admitted free
  • Center members receive $1 discount on admission price each day with a valid membership card
  • Press passes are available with prior arrangements

Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for our outdoor grass amphitheater. No pets please. For travel and lodging information contact the Cody Chamber of Commerce. For questions about visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West e-mail Nancy McClure or call 307-578-4102.

For Our Dancers

Dancers and their families receive a free pass to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West exhibits at dancer registration. Registration 8 a.m. – noon Saturday; late registration or for specials on stage both days. Contact: e-mail Rebecca West or call 307-578-4049.

2016 Powwow grounds map, vendorsVendor Information

Our powwow includes 47 vendors who sell arts and crafts made by enrolled members of North American Indian tribes and Nations. No food booths please. To view the map of vendor spaces larger, please click on the thumbnail image at right.

For more information on applying for a vendor space, e-mail Evan Hawkins or call 307-578-4049.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2016 Plains Indian Museum Powwow:

In 2016, the Plains Indian Museum Powwow was sponsored through the generous support of Choice Aviation; Artie Yellowstone Jewelry; Coca Cola Distributing of Cody, Hal and Amalia Ranser; Whole Foods Trading Company in Cody, Wyoming; and The Local.


View a video glimpse of a powwow:

For information on all events, please visit our Events page.

Sep
23
Sat
41st Annual Patrons Ball @ Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

41st Annual Patrons Ball

September 23, 2017
Begins at 6 p.m.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West presents its annual fundraising gala, Patrons Ball. This black-tie event is our major fundraising extravaganza of the year—and the premier gala of the Rocky Mountain region. Enjoy cocktails, a gourmet dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and raffles.

All proceeds benefit the programs and public activities of the Center of the West. To find out more about Patrons Ball ll 307-578-4008 or e-mail patronsball@centerofthewest.org. Patrons Ball is the culmination of Rendezvous Royale, a weeklong celebration of the arts in Cody, which also includes the Buffalo Bill Art Show and By Western Hands. For general information, visit the Rendezvous Royale website.


Update on our 2016 raffles

Win this 1972 Chevy Chevelle with SS options

Win this 1972 Chevy Chevelle with SS options

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with SS options – The winning ticket number is 07429 of Fort Worth, Texas. The winner has been notified.

Winchester Commemorative Model 94 rifle – The winning ticket number is 1504 of Fort Lupton, Colorado. The winner has been notified.

Thank you all for participating, and congratulations to the winners!! 

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with SS options

Features of the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with SS options:

  • 572 Engine with 700 horsepower
  • Nice straight all steel car
  • Exterior is black cherry with black stripes
  • 2 Door with new black interior and new headliner
  • Tremec 6 speed manual transmission
  • Tubular front and rear suspension
  • 13 inch Corvette calipers and rotors; drilled and slotted
  • Hydraulic clutch
  • Autometer gauges in carbon dash insert
  • Dynamat on inside of car and trunk
  • 12 bolt rear with Auburn Posi Mosier axels 3.73 gear
  • Full custom stereo in trunk
  • And more!

"Buffalo Bill" detail, Winchester Commemorative Model 94

“Buffalo Bill” detail

Winchester Commemorative Model 94 rifle

Features of the Winchester Commemorative Model 94 rifle:

  • Commemorates the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association
  • Limited edition lever-action rifle 30-30
  • Limited edition, number 31 of 300
  • Includes the original wooden box, brochures, and documents
  • Dated February 21, 1969

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities for this annual event are always available: E-mail Rebecca Taggart or call her at 307-578-4025 for more information. 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities Patrons Ball

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:

Scout Sponsors:

  • Robert J. & Geraldine W. Dellenback
  • Charles & Anne Duncan
  • Candace Alexander McNair
  • J.D. & Elizabeth Radakovich
  • Maggie & Dick Scarlett
  • Naoma Tate & The Family of Hal Tate

Hirtle Callaghan       Merit Energy

Buffalo Bill Sponsors:

  • Fran & Lenox Baker
  • Fred & Linda Dowd
  • Cindy Katz & John Gordnier
  • Carol McMurry & Pat Spieles

Pahaska Sponsors:

  • Browne & Pamela Rice

Annie Oakley Sponsors:

  • O’Donnell Wealth Management
  • Rusty & Deborah Rokita

Groathouse Construction

 

 

Stagecoach Sponsor:

 

 

 

E-mail Rebecca Taggart or call her at 307-578-4025 with any questions.


Silent Auction:

Each year we receive wonderful silent auction items from various donors.  Please note these items will be available for purchase the week of Rendezvous Royale.

"Antelope 1" by Brady Steward

“Antelope 1” by Brady Steward

“Yellowstone” by Bill Sawczuk

TDK Black background HR

7-Day Plains Game Guided Hunt for 1 Donated by TDK Safaris and Lisa and Wes McArtor

The Family by Robert Duncan Donated by Rip & Susan McIntosh

The Family by Robert Duncan
Donated by Rip & Susan McIntosh

 


Special Thank You:

A special thank you goes out to the Patrons Ball Committee, without whom we could not organize this gala.


Patrons Ball is the finale to Rendezvous Royale, a week of the best of absolutely everything western in Cody, Wyoming! Join us for the excitement of a nationally recognized art show and a spirited auction of the best contemporary western art, and many other events. Visit the Rendezvous Royale Web site for more information.


For information on all events, please visit our Events page.