So… you just never know what kids pick up on… I always end my school presentations by trying to motivate the kids to “follow their own trail” and not someone else’s. Anyway, after the show I did last week at the Academy Charter School, a young man lagged behind as the others were leaving, and asked “so, what was MY trail?” Hmmm… ok… in five years, I’ve never been asked that. It took me a few seconds, but I finally offered up that after traveling on MANY trails over the years, this one I’m on now is to try and inspire folks to understand that their history is not just dates, old photos, and famous events, but it’s about real-live people, with their different emotions, beliefs, ambitions, and circumstances. He looked at me a second and said “you do that very well”… I’m pretty glad he left right after that… didn’t want him to see an old Marine get a little misty…
A couple shots from my show at Parker’s Performing Arts School… over 200 history-hungry kids gettin’ schooled on Colonel Cody and his friends. Bein’ fearless performers themselves, they seemed to love hearin’ about Bill’s initial stage fright and acting mishaps… I got a real nice note from one of the teachers…
“We really enjoyed having Buffalo Bill teach us about his and our country’s history. The presentation was engaging, educational and left the students excited about our social studies unit. I enjoyed watching their faces light up as Buffalo Bill talked about the history they are currently studying. My students came away from the presentation excited about learning and interested in the west. I highly recommend The Buffalo Bill Experience and look forward to having him back again. “
Thank you ma’am… I look forward to that as well…
It was nothing but fun at Running Creek Elementary! Enthusiastic kids with great questions ALWAYS makes for a great time!
… and the Buffalo Bill Experience was honored to be a part of it! The GVA is a different kind of school that includes many languages in its curriculum… the kids were attentive, enthusiastic and SHARP! SO many great questions after!
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!
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…)
The Buffalo Bill Experience got some himself some good ol’ Victorian culture last Saturday at the Aurora History Museum!
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..
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!
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.