In his nationally acclaimed BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE living history presentations, Colorado-based author of “Re-enacting!” and Buffalo Bill reenactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman guides audiences down the untamed frontier trail that was “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life, in a costumed one-man play that’s as entertaining as it is informative!
The BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE is “EDU-tainment” that’s chock full of all the wagon train driving, Army scouting, Indian fighting, and Pony Express riding adventures that made Buffalo Bill an American icon, gathering legendary friends like Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, Annie Oakley, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull along the way. In the spirit of Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain”, Jeff colorfully portrays Buffalo Bill’s amazing “rags to riches to rags” life, blending equal parts humor, drama, and little-known historical anecdotes… (few people know that Buffalo Bill may have been responsible for America adopting the Star Spangled Banner!)
The BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE is available in TWO living history presentations!
One performance is specifically designed for adults and older kids (“PG”), and the other is designed for elementary school-age audiences that are typically 4th and 5th graders studying regional and American history. Both are costumed presentations, complete with stage props, sound support and stage lighting (when required), and both are tailored to emphasize Bill’s connection to the local history of the hosting venue.
The “PG” BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE: (60 minutes)
“Buffalo Bill” shares his personal anecdotes and observations from six years old to the grave! Great for historic societies, conventions, fundraisers, libraries, HOAs, museums, senior communities… any event wanting unique, fun and educational entertainment.
“We had an absolutely wonderful portrayal of Buffalo Bill Cody as presented by Mr. Jeff Norman. He has such enthusiasm and a vast knowledge of the historic celebrity, it is by far the best representation of Buffalo Bill we have seen. With fabulous costumes and props and a variety of life stories to share, it feels as though Norman brings this icon back to life, the room suddenly steps back in time to the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Mr. Norman has a great understanding of Buffalo Bill, revealing hidden histories and facts of such an interesting person and worldwide celebrity. It is clear that many hours of research and preparation go into his presentations to bring you a true Buffalo Bill Experience!
Most highly recommended!”
Michael Vincent – Asst Public Programs Coordinator, History Colorado Museum – Denver, CO
“Our 400 guests absolutely loved the Buffalo Bill Experience – Jeff “Gunny” Norman combined his enthusiasm for history with the spirit of the frontier through riveting storytelling, dry humor, and a captivating authenticity that made the end of the performance feel like waking up from a dream and trying to remember that it’s the 21st Century.”
Heather A. Reed – Site Director, Buffalo Gap Village, TX
The “Classroom” BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE: (45 minutes)
“Buffalo Bill” vividly portrays an age-appropriate anecdotal timeline of notable events and personalities associated with the plains frontier, emphasizing Bill’s connection to the local history. Subjects include Native American culture, The Pony Express, The Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, the telegraph, life as a scout, the Kansas Pacific Railroad, Kit Carson, Wild Bill, Bent’s Fort, the Colorado Gold Rush, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. This Buffalo Bill Experience living history presentation is focused on sparking kids’ curiosity about history and enhancing their understanding the human side of America’s legends and events.
“Jeff is an entertaining and charismatic historical speaker. The children at my daughter’s school were amazed at the stories and they enjoyed hearing ‘first hand’ accounts of historical events. Jeff transformed Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill, Annie Oakley, and Sitting Bull into real flesh and blood people rather than just names in history books. As a parent, I liked how Jeff shared their childhood experiences and struggles while encouraging the children to pursue their own dreams and aspirations. It was a real treat to have Jeff as Buffalo Bill at the school and we hope he’ll return to speak to future classes.”
Vanessa H – parent/volunteer, The Challenge School, Denver CO
“It takes a special person to keep fourth graders focused and entertained, and Jeff did just that and so much more. My students were on the edge of their seats during his performance. They loved the stories, the props he shared with them, and ended up learning so much history about such an impressive and interesting figure! Not only did Jeff teach about Buffalo Bill and the countless lives he impacted, he also stressed the important of kindness and friendship, which the students enjoyed hearing and of course benefited from greatly. Thank you, Mr. Norman, for bringing history to life and sparking a passion in my students– they are still talking about the time Buffalo Bill came to visit!”
Katie Hoehn – 4th grade Instructor, American Academy, Castle Pines, CO
The BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE even has a mini-museum available consisting of two 6-foot tables and a lodge-pole tripod that display a working telegraph, model tipi, prairie schooner, gold pan, frontier artifacts, hides, Native American tools and weapons, vintage posters, photos, coins and documents from the frontier days! When requested, “Buffalo Bill” will gladly bring along his trusty old 1866 Springfield .50 caliber rifle, “Lucretia Borgia!”
Not only can audiences “experience” Buffalo Bill, they can “touch” history!
Header design by David T. Wright, Monarch Productions
“Buffalo Bill Reminiscing” image courtesy of Tom Netwal