Center of the West Members Reception
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West officially opens our 2017 special summer exhibitions on Friday, June 2 with a special members-only reception. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar on the Tile Map in the lower level of the Draper Natural History Museum, adjacent to our Special Exhibitions Gallery, the site of these two exhibitions. Both open June 2 and remain on display through January 31, 2018:
Cody to the World! Celebrating 100 Years at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Between 1917 and 2017, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West grew alongside its local and regional communities in a changing America and a changing world. The passage of one hundred years allows us to look at the humble origins and impressive presence of the Center of the West on a larger scale. As part of this special exhibition, each of our five museums share a few additional pieces related to our Centennial.
Out West Where the North Begins: Harold McCracken in Alaska & the Arctic, 1916–1928
This special exhibition shares the remarkable story of Harold McCracken, namesake of our McCracken Research Library. Find out how this adventurer ultimately found himself in Cody, Wyoming. Out West where the North Begins focuses on the formative years McCracken spent in Alaska. He wanted to know the world of Alaska, its landscapes, native peoples, and wild creatures. As a writer, he hoped to represent it, as in re-create it for others; as a public personality, he sought to embody it himself.
McCracken’s story is an American tale—one of adventures, failures, successes, and the forging of a heroic identity based on frontier experiences. The exhibition invites comparison to the story our museum tells of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
If you are not yet a member of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, visit our Membership section to learn about additional benefits, and to join online.