BBE goes back to its roots…

Was GREAT to be back where it all started at the Castle Rock Museum and Historic Society! At first the size of the room had me thinkin’ it was going to be a smaller crowd than I’d hoped for, but they soon had to open the divider between conference rooms to make space for everyone showin’ up. SO… ultimately I’m callin’ it a pretty successful evening, as I’m reasonably sure I was able to convince one gentleman in particular that ol’ Bill did a TAD more than just shoot buffalo…

I’ve come across more than one person who has that idea stuck in their head, and it takes some convincing to un-do some pretty ingrained historical misconceptions! Out of the several thousand folks that I’ve shared the Colonel’s story with, I’m hopin’ I changed a FEW like minds once they know the facts, ’cause providing buffalo meat for the railroad workers was probably one of Bill’s LEAST significant accomplishments!

Gunny Jeff as Buffalo Bill Cody doin' some re-enacting for the folks at the Castle Rock Museum and Historical Society

Gunny Jeff as Buffalo Bill Cody doin’ some re-enacting for the folks at the Castle Rock Museum and Historical Society

The Buffalo Bill Experience tellin' some little known Buffalo Bill adventures!

The Buffalo Bill Experience tellin’ some little known Buffalo Bill adventures!

Buffalo Bill Cody's favorite rifle, "Lucretia Borgia", an 1866 Springfield .50 cal!

Buffalo Bill Cody’s favorite rifle, “Lucretia Borgia”, an 1866 Springfield .50 cal!

BUSY week!

Was a BUSY week for the BBE… two classroom presentations and one at Anthem Ranch for the Colorado Heritage Club… we even got to bust out the ol’ mini-museum! Have a GREAT week everybody, and might want to keep an eye out for practical jokers today… (BWAAhahahaha… )

"Buffalo Bill" at the Highlands Ranch Stem School round 1!

“Buffalo Bill” at the Highlands Ranch Stem School round 1!

Round 2! Great kids and VERY engaged!

Round 2! Great kids and VERY engaged!

"Gunny" Jeff Norman doin' his Buffalo Bill Experience for the Colorado Heritage Club!

“Gunny” Jeff Norman doin’ his Buffalo Bill Experience for the Colorado Heritage Club!

Full house for the Buffalo Bill Experience! I'm thinkin' we ALL had a blast!

Full house for the Buffalo Bill Experience! I’m thinkin’ we ALL had a blast!

The Buffalo Bill Experience's legendary mini-museum!

The Buffalo Bill Experience’s legendary mini-museum!

The Pow Wow’s comin’ to Denver!

On the weekend of March 23rd, Denver will be hosting the 45th Annual Pow Wow! It’s a GREAT opportunity for kids to see and learn about Native American customs, dances and regalia.

Here’s the link to the event; http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/

AND some shots of last Monday’s BBE show for the kids of Cherokee Trail Elementary!

"Buffalo Bill" fielding some great questions from the sharp kids of CTE!

“Buffalo Bill” fielding some great questions from the sharp kids of CTE!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, showin' off his frontier dancin' moves!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, showin’ off his frontier dancin’ moves!

Love those beamin' faces!

Love those beamin’ faces!

Buffalo Bill’s busy birth-month!!

February is rockin’ for the Buffalo Bill Experience! Had a blast with these kids!! 

Gettin' excited! Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff sure loves tellin' stories!

Gettin’ excited! Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff sure loves tellin’ stories!

 

The Buffalo Bill Experience's Gunny Jeff Norman reenacting Buffalo Bill Cody at the Platte River Academy!

The Buffalo Bill Experience’s Gunny Jeff Norman reenacting Buffalo Bill Cody at the Platte River Academy!

Kids always yell "Oh GROSS!" when I tell 'em about Plains Indians using a buffalo bladder to carry water and things, but they sure love to touch it at the end of the show!

Kids always yell “Oh GROSS!” when I tell ’em about Plains Indians using a buffalo bladder to carry water and things, but they sure love to touch it at the end of the show!

Back to school!!

February’s a pretty popular time for CO kids to study Colorado history, and “Buffalo Bill” is always glad to oblige! Three schools down, five to go. Here are a few pic’s from the last three shows!

Buffalo Bill pointing out where it all started... the Oregon Trail!

Buffalo Bill pointing out where it all started… the Oregon Trail!

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman pointing out some Plains Indians!

And to my left! Some Plains Indians!

Buffalo Bill tends to overact!!

Buffalo Bill tends to overact!!

Yet more overacting by Buffalo Bill! ; )

Yet more overacting by Buffalo Bill! ; )

Yes, it's a real arrow, made by Eric Smith, of the Chickasaw Nation.

Yes, it’s a real arrow, made by Eric Smith, of the Chickasaw Nation.

Buffalo Bill LOVES post-show photo op's!

Buffalo Bill LOVES post-show photo op’s!

More photo fun after the show!

More photo fun after the show!

Those telegraph workers put Buffalo Bill out of his job at the Pony Express!!!

Those telegraph workers put Buffalo Bill out of his job at the Pony Express!!!

Buffalo Bill goes to historic Ft. Collins!

Sure is great that museums are doing their best to keep our history alive. Had a wonderful time with a really wonderful audience last night in Ft. Collins, that has quite a history itself!

"Gunny" Jeff Norman as "Buffalo Bill" Cody in Ft. Collins' Harmony Library

“Gunny” Jeff Norman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody in Ft. Collins’ Harmony Library

More stories and tall tales of "Buffalo Bill" Cody from the Buffalo Bill experience!

More stories and tall tales of “Buffalo Bill” Cody from the Buffalo Bill experience!

I LOVE talking to folks after the show, and hearing THEIR remembrances of Buffalo Bill and friends...

I LOVE talking to folks after the show, and hearing THEIR remembrances of Buffalo Bill and friends…

Buffalo Bill – makin’ and takin’ some memories

Darn that Colorado dusty air! As I was packing up after a show yesterday, the little girl in the white shirt quietly approached me and whispered… “You know what souvenirs you gave us?” I thought she may have been talking about the Morse code sheets and free coupons to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave that I leave the students with after a show, and asked if those are what she was referring to… “No, she said… MEMORIES… those are the souvenirs you gave us”… darned if I didn’t get me some of that Colorado dust in my eye right about then… memories… I’ll be… she’ll be one of mine for sure…

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor "Gunny" Jeff Norman makin' some memories and takin' some home with him...

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman makin’ some memories and takin’ some home with him…

Buffalo Bill Campfire Stories!

Had such a great time at Schweiger Ranch’s Campfire Series yesterday evening… started out windy with rain off in the distance and ended up bein’ a perfect night for sharing Bill’s stories around the campfire. Great crew and great audience. Schweiger Ranch is a restoration project that’s turned out AMAZING after a TON of hard work. I really admire folks keepin’ history alive… here’s more info on Schweiger Ranch; https://schweigerranch.org/

Gunny Jeff Norman tellin' Buffalo Bill stories around the campfire!

Gunny Jeff Norman tellin’ Buffalo Bill stories around the campfire!

Summer’s here!

Last kids’ show for a while now that school’s out… I was pretty surprised that these 4th graders were as attentive and engaged, havin’ one foot out the door for summer break. (Admittedly, I might not have been QUITE so disciplined.) The beauty next to me is my daughter Lydia, one of the classes’ teachers. The kids were WAY shocked when she confessed that I’m her Dad at the end of the show… all in all, a real good memory to take me through the summer… hope it provides one for the kids as well… next up… Arkansas??? 

The kids couldn't believe their teacher was "Buffalo Bill's" daughter!

The kids couldn’t believe their teacher was “Buffalo Bill’s” daughter!

Payin' attention to Buffalo Bill's adventures, even on the last school day before summer!

Payin’ attention to Buffalo Bill’s adventures, even on the last school day before summer!

Apparently somethin' was comin' straight at "Buffalo Bill"!

Apparently somethin’ was comin’ straight at “Buffalo Bill”!

“Buffalo Bill” goes to BAYTOWN, TEXAS!!!

What a weekend for the BBE… I was invited by the amazing folks of Texas’ Baytown Historical Preservation Association to come down and talk all about Buffalo Bill’s friends and adventures… I can’t say enough about their genuine heartfelt hospitality… from the gift basket waiting for us at the hotel, the hugs when we first met, the props they had acquired for my stage, the appreciative sold-out show audience, to the post-show meal and pies they had wrapped up for us to take back to our room. Definitely a weekend I won’t forget… one last thing… it was great to see the patriotism displayed ALL throughout Baytown… I confess I was checking out your real estate pricing on the way out… sure felt like a place I could call home. Thanks so much for everything…

"Buffalo Bill" tellin' the amazing Baytown Historical Preservation Association all about his friends and adventures

“Buffalo Bill” tellin’ the amazing Baytown Historical Preservation Association all about his friends and adventures

This smilin' beauty went all out for Buffalo Bill, and got herself a buffalo purse for the occasion!

This smilin’ beauty went all out for Buffalo Bill, and got herself a buffalo purse for the occasion!

Said buffalo purse!

Said buffalo purse!

Somebody's got to do it!! The best part of being Buffalo Bill! lol

Somebody’s got to do it!! The best part of being Buffalo Bill! lol

Buffalo Bill's newest best friend Wybra!

Buffalo Bill’s newest best friend Wybra!

Smiles all around after the show with Buffalo Bill!

Smiles all around after the show with Buffalo Bill!

An appreciative crowd always brings the best out of this "Buffalo Bill"... many thanks for that!

An appreciative crowd always brings the best out of this “Buffalo Bill”… many thanks for that!