In his nationally acclaimed BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE living history presentations, Colorado-based author of “Re-enacting!” and Buffalo Bill reenactor/impersonator “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. Modeled after Hal Holbrook’s one-man play “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 now available in THREE living history presentations!
The first is designed for adults and older kids (“PG”), the second is designed specifically for elementary school-age audiences that are typically 4th and 5th graders studying regional and American history, and the third version is geared towards Cub and Boy Scouting, emphasizing Buffalo Bill’s direct Scouting connection and Scouting’s frontier roots. All three are costumed presentations, complete with stage props, sound support, and stage lighting (when required), and all three presentations 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, libraries, HOAs, museums, service organizations… any event wanting unique, fun and educational entertainment.
“Thanks for a very entertaining and informative BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE! The Highlands Ranch Historical Society had almost 200 people in attendance for last night’s performance, listening with rapt attention as Buffalo Bill lookalike ‘Gunny’ Jeff recounted one exciting and interesting tale after another. Bursts of laughter from the audience punctuated the otherwise rapt attentive silence, as BB told of little known episodes of his life, with a dry wit. I know our members and guests had a great time, as did our Board.”
Nancy Linsenbigler – President, Highlands Ranch Historical Society
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
The “Scouting” BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE: (35 minutes)
In this version of the Buffalo Bill Experience, “Buffalo Bill” motivates Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts through colorful stories surrounding real historical characters and events, reminding Scouts of scouting’s important role in history, their frontier roots, and their direct connection to such famous scouts as Buffalo Bill and Kit Carson.
“Buffalo Bill Experience arrived at our Cub Scout Pack meeting with the flourish, excitement and grace of the old west. Our group of boys ages 6 to 11 were so engaged in the show that you could hear a pin drop. It looked like a rock star because the pickiest of people in our pack were so excited and happy with the performance. Bill gets the kids excited about history and catered it to their age group and interest. It was a big hit and all of them were talking about it at school the next day. Thanks again for a wonderful time!”
Carrie McGraw – Pack 633, Highlands Ranch, CO
“Wow! What a great entertainer! We had Jeff perform his Buffalo Bill Experience for our pack. The scouts were all wide eyed and the parents were impressed with the way the stories were delivered. It’s hard to keep the younger boys interested but for Jeff it was easy. His overall appearance and the artifact museum he brought along really set a tone for the way things happened back then. If you’re looking for a piece of history, Jeff would be hard to beat! Thanks again!!”
Ed Miller – Cub Master, Pack 378, Aurora, CO
The BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE even has a mini-museum available, complete with a working telegraph, model tipi and prairie schooner, gold pan, frontier and Native American artifacts, posters, photos, and documents from the frontier days! When requested, “Buffalo Bill” brings along his trusty old 1866 Springfield .50 caliber rifle, “Lucretia Borgia!”