Back in action at Pine Grove Elementary, and this time my granddaughter was in the audience, makin’ it even more special… she was able to keep me a secret until after the show with some hugs in the playground… her friends were sure surprised! Great day at Pine Grove… see you next year with a new 4th grade class!
Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman back again with the kids at Pine Grove Elementary!
I have no idea what this Buffalo Bill impersonator is doin’! lol
Can you say “engaged”? Kids love hearin’ all about Buffalo Bill Cody and his friends, Kit Carson, Annie Oakley, Wild Bill Hickok and Sitting Bull!
After performing for over 5 years in the Douglas County School district where I reside, my sidekick’s new schedule now makes it possible for me to go to our neighboring Jefferson County… so here I am at Mortensen Elementary, and it turns out their kids are just as fired up about learning history!
“Gunny” Jeff Norman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody in his Buffalo Bill Experience
“Buffalo Bill” Cody doin’ some ‘splainin’ about the frontier!
The cavalry was “up there on that ridge”!
Back for the third time at “Challenge School”… these 3rd and 4th grade kids are scary smart, and have a trophy case chock full of engineering, math and chess trophies to prove it… it’s always a pleasure to introduce Buffalo Bill Cody and share his frontier life with these amazing kids…
The Buffalo Bill Experience was honored to come back to the Challenge School again! These are exceptional kids!
If you ever need to rejuvenate yourself from all the stuff goin’ on in the world, go and talk with some 4th graders… their enthusiasm and perception is invigorating to say the least… here are some shots from the shows I did this week. One of the more memorable questions I got this time was; “My ancestors are Sioux… did they try and kill you?” Hmmm… I told her it was indeed a mutual endeavor at the time, but ended with Bill and the Sioux, especially Sitting Bull, becoming mutually respected friends and performers… whew… one of the tougher ones…
The kids always seem to want to know more about ME, and how I got started doing this, and I had several kids come up to shake my hand, thank me for my service, and excitedly talk about their family members who served as well at the end of the show… some even share that THEY wish to serve when they get old enough. They always leave the classroom buzzing all about life on the frontier… this re-enacting thing has become my personal fountain of youth…
Buffalo Bill “making a point” at Highland’s Ranch Heritage Elementary School!
It was “Crazy Hat Day” at Cherokee Trail Elementary… they mix learning with fun over there!
Buffalo Bill always gets ganged up on after a show… the kids especially love the authentic arrow and the old buffalo bladder that Native Americans had several uses for…
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…
The Academy Charter School in Castle Rock experiences “Buffalo Bill” as a part of their Colorado studies!
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…
“Buffalo Bill” Cody at the Parker Performing Arts School in Colorado
“Buffalo Bill” Cody after performing for performers!
It was nothing but fun at Running Creek Elementary! Enthusiastic kids with great questions ALWAYS makes for a great time!
BIG fun with “Buffalo Bill” Cody happening at Running Creek Elementary!
Some serious eye contact goin’ on with Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience!
… 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!
Re-enactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody at the Global Village Academy
“Buffalo Bill” Cody telling about his life for the sharp students of the Global Village Academy during “Old West” week!
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!
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.
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!
The Buffalo Bill Experience historical presentation was warmly received by the awesome folks at the Longmont Senior Center Friday afternoon! Thanks for the hospitality!