Lunch with “Buffalo Bill” at the “little schoolhouse”

Had an amazing afternoon with the staff and members of the Lakewood Heritage Center! We had a full house and a whole lot of fun together… I’d never been there before, but trust that I’ll be back real soon to spend more time checking out their way cool village, complete with a 50’s diner, motel, frontier era schoolhouse and more… walking down their village street is just like going back in time… thanks to all!

A full house awaits the Buffalo Bill Experience at the Lakewood Heritage Center!

A full house awaits the Buffalo Bill Experience at the Lakewood Heritage Center!

What a week!

Four kids’ shows at the American Academy and one for the older kids at Longmont Senior Center! Kids young and old all seem to love hearin’ about Bill! (And I sure love bein’ him for a while…)

Buffalo Bill Cody re-enactor Gunny Jeff quite possibly stretching the truth a bit for the sharp kids at American Academy.

Buffalo Bill Cody re-enactor Gunny Jeff quite possibly stretching the truth a bit for the sharp kids at American Academy.

Always lots of questions for "Buffalo Bill" after the show!

Always lots of questions for “Buffalo Bill” after the show!

It was a full house for "Buffalo Bill" Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman at the Longmont Senior Center!

It was a full house for “Buffalo Bill” Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman at the Longmont Senior Center!

The Buffalo Bill Experience historical presentation was warmly received by the awesome folks at the Longmont Senior Center Friday afternoon!

The Buffalo Bill Experience historical presentation was warmly received by the awesome folks at the Longmont Senior Center Friday afternoon! Thanks for the hospitality!

 

“Buffalo Bill” Cody sharin’ some “creative truth” at the Broomfield Auditorium!

"Buffalo Bill" gets top billing at the Broomfield Auditorium!

“Buffalo Bill” gets top billing at the Broomfield Auditorium!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all the local Buffalo Bill Cody fans who filled the Broomfield Auditorium on Friday night! .

 

 

 

We got a pretty good video of the show, and are presently trying to figure out what to do with it… it just so happens I have a pro film-editor in the family… hmmm..

That "The Buffalo Bill Experience's one-man stage performance rivals Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain" is about the nicest compliment I've ever gotten... many thanks to the Broomfield Auditorium for the stage and the opportunity to even try to get close t that amazing!

“The Buffalo Bill Experience’s one-man stage performance rivals Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain” is just about the nicest compliment I’ve ever gotten… MANY thanks to the Broomfield Auditorium for both the stage and the opportunity to even try to get close!

Bill’s favorite rifle, an 1866 Springfield…

Had me a blast showin’ off “Lucretia Borgia”, the Springfield .50 caliber buffalo gun that Buffalo Bill used to provide meat for the railroad workers. Good money… 12 buff a day for $500 a month. Some folks might hold him in contempt for takin’ out about 5,000 of the 70 million buff that once roamed the plains, but there weren’t any Burger Kings back then, and folks needed to eat!

Buffalo Bill's favorite rifle "Lucretia Borgia"!

Buffalo Bill’s favorite rifle “Lucretia Borgia”!

WAY honored to perform for the Order of the Indian Wars symposium!

I had the (scary) pleasure of doing a BBE yesterday morning for an organization called the “Order of Indian Wars” (http://www.indianwars.com/) at their annual Denver symposium. This the second one I’ve attended, but first that I performed at… 

I’ve gotta say… what a GREAT time it was, rubbing elbows with so many other fellow students of that era of American history with authors like John Monnett, Jerome Greene, Paul Hedren and Douglas Hocking on hand, discussing their latest findings, and their newest books, covering topics like the Indian accounts of the Fort Fetterman fight, White Bull, Cochise, Tom Jeffords, the Battle at Rosebud prior to the Little Big Horn, and so much more. 

I wholeheartedly encourage all you other history buffs that would like to be part of a fun group that’s immersed in the serious study of the Indian Wars from ALL perspectives, to check out their FB page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/463685763665830/ and be the recipient of the tons of expertise that’s shared daily on their page.

Ending the BBE school season with a bang!

300 REAL sharp 2nd to 5th graders at Skyview Academy all gathered to hear stories of Buffalo Bill, his legendary friends, and the American frontier. Attentive, eager to learn and full of great questions. Thanks, kids!

Sayin' howdy to the sharp kids of Skyview Academy!

“Buffalo Bill” sayin’ howdy to the sharp kids of Skyview Academy!

Buffalo Bill Experience's last show of the school season for 2017 at the Skyview Academy was a great way to go out!

Buffalo Bill Experience’s last show of the school season for 2017 at the Skyview Academy was a great way to go out!

Last night at the Bemis Littleton Library!

It’s always fun to do a show with history lovers like the folks that showed up last night! Had a full house and a chance to display our “mini-museum” of memorabilia and artifacts as well… I forgot how much we’ve accumulated over the years!

Buffalo Bill re-enactor Gunny Jeff Norman doing some edu-tainment at the Bemis Litttleton Library last night!

Buffalo Bill re-enactor Gunny Jeff Norman doing some edu-tainment at the Bemis Litttleton Library last night!

Buffalo Bill Experience "mini-museum" tripod display and photo album

Buffalo Bill Experience “mini-museum” tripod display and photo album

Buffalo Bill Experience "mini-museum" table display

Buffalo Bill Experience “mini-museum” table display

 

A surprise guest!

I was pleasantly surprised to see my old compadre General George A. Custer and his wife Libbie at my Hiwan Homestead Museum show last week! Fun to catch up…145 years just flies by!!

"Buffalo Bill" Cody telling his life story at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, CO!

“Buffalo Bill” Cody telling his life story at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, CO!

"Buffalo Bill" and his old compadre General George A. Custer catchin' up after 145 years!

“Buffalo Bill” and his old compadre General George A. Custer catchin’ up after 145 years!

The "Boy General's" lovely wife Libbie also graced us with her presence!

The “Boy General’s” lovely wife Libbie also graced us with her presence!

This week for the BBE!

Started out with a show at the amazing Colorado Railroad Museum that had a great display of Buffalo Bill Cody’s reliance of the trains that transported the hundreds of people, animals, and props all across America and Europe for his Wild West Exhibition. I’ll bet he didn’t suspect all that when he was working for the Kansas Pacific Railroad as a young man, providing their workers with 12 buffalo a day for $500 a month! Then I went on to Peakview Senior Living, where four senior communities gathered together to hear Bill’s adventures… the great part of doing senior communities is that almost all the time they have stories of Bill to tell that were passed down from their immediate relatives… for instance, after the show, a lady named Betty Proctor told me of her relatives in Kansas that showed her a place on their property where Buffalo Bill once carved his name! 

Buffalo Bill reenactor, Gunny Jeff, re-living history at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden

Buffalo Bill reenactor, Gunny Jeff, re-living history at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden

Residents of Peakview Senior Living got to hear living historian Gunny Jeff Norman, of the Buffalo Bill Experience, tell tales of the old frontier!

Residents of Peakview Senior Living got to hear living historian Gunny Jeff Norman, of the Buffalo Bill Experience, tell tales of the old frontier!