Buffalo Bill Museum staff
Meet the staff of the Buffalo Bill Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Jeremy Johnston and Sam Hanna.
Jeremy Johnston, PhD
Historian of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Hal and Naoma Tate Endowed Chair of Western History, and Managing Editor of The Papers of William F. Cody
Jeremy M. Johnston is the former Ernest J. Goppert Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, although he continues to work closely with the museum. He is now Historian for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as well as the Hal & Naoma Tate Endowed Chair of Western History, and Managing Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody. He was born and raised in Powell, Wyoming, where he graduated from Powell High School. Johnston attended the University of Wyoming, from which he received his bachelor of arts in 1993, and his master of arts in 1995. He taught at Northwest College in Powell for more than fifteen years.
Johnston’s past writings have appeared in Annals of Wyoming, Colorado Heritage, the Center of the West’s own magazine Points West, Readings of Wyoming History, the George Wright Forum, and Yellowstone Science. He released his first book, a photo history of Powell, in 2009, followed by a “then and now” photo history in 2012.
Johnston is the recipient of the 2006 Coke Wood Award, sponsored by Westerners International, for his article “Progressivism Comes to Yellowstone: Theodore Roosevelt and Professional Land Management Agencies in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.” He is a past president of the Wyoming State Historical Society, and has appeared on various Wyoming PBS documentaries, including Roy Barnes: Rocky Mountain Cowboy and Wyoming Voices.
Johnston has just earned his doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His doctoral dissertation examines the connections between Theodore Roosevelt and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. He co-edited, with Dr. Charles Preston of the Center’s Draper Natural History Museum, an annotated version of Ernest Thompson-Seton’s The Biography of a Grizzly, published by University of Oklahoma Press. His hobbies include boating, fly-fishing, big game and bird hunting, and reading. He enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and his two sons, Jaxon and Samuel, and his daughter, Alexa.
Curatorial Assistant, Buffalo Bill Museum
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Sam Hanna is the Curatorial Assistant of the Buffalo Bill Museum. In addition to that role, to which he was appointed in October 2019, Sam continues to do research for The Papers of William F. Cody.