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.
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!
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!
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!
Some things are just meant to go together! Muchas Gracias to Donnie and the folks at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for hosting the BBE!
For a second year now, the BBE’s been privileged to do living history for the sharp kids at Pine Grove Elementary! Really good questions after the show!