Buffalo Bill, some great folks, and corned beef and cabbage!

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!

"Buffalo Bill" Cody tellin' his life story for some folks at ST. Paul's United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs

“Buffalo Bill” Cody tellin’ his life story for some folks at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs

Good to be back!

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!

"Buffalo Bill", rides again, doing living history at Pine Grove Elementary!

“Buffalo Bill”, rides again, doing living history at Pine Grove Elementary!

Ok, I’m kinda proud of this…

On my trip to Rochester, NY, a couple of years ago, I stopped in Mt. Hope Cemetery to see the graves of Buffalo Bill’s children, Arta, Orra and Kit, and was very disappointed to see the condition their headstones were in. Bill’s family was just as surprised as I was at the photos I sent them, and they proceeded to do the following restoration project upon receiving them… I KNOW the Colonel is smiling down!! Way to go guys!

Buffalo Bill’s Family Gravestone Restoration:

On a beautiful Wednesday in October, our team of gravestone preservationists scouted Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester NY for Buffalo Bill’s family plot. Using the map, they quickly located the children’s markers and took pictures of each one. Just down the path, they repeated the process for Buffalo Bill’s foster son, Johnny Baker’s gravestone. Johnny had ties to Rochester and cared for the Cody graves after Buffalo Bill died.

It had been a long drive from Cape Cod, so the next goal was good lodging, refreshment, rest and preparation for the initial treatment. The following day, Dwight and Rick sprayed the stones with D/2 to neutralize years of acid build-up. Returning Friday afternoon, they got out the safety glasses and rubber gloves again, re-sprayed with the D/2, gently scrubbed each stone to a lather and rinsed. Years of neglect disappeared!

As you can see the results are dramatic! The lichen on Arta’s stone is gone and Orra’s stone practically shines. With a little care, these historic relics of our family’s favorite son can last a lifetime while the staff of Mt. Hope Cemetery cuts the grass. Away over yonder, at the last roundup in the happy hunting grounds, Bill turned to Johnny and said with a smile, “They didn’t forget.” Like an old buddy, Johnny returned the smile and said, “How could they?” and so they rode.

We started on this trail with the “Buffalo Bill’s Family Gravesite Restoration” fundraiser in the June 2015 Review, appealing for the capital needed to preserve the gravestones of Buffalo Bill’s son Kit, and daughters, Arta and Orra Maude. Along the way, we heard the story and included Johnny.

We thank you all for the contributions which made all this possible. From Jeff “Gunny” Norman to BB’s g-g-grandson, Kevin Cody and his “Remember the Children” in the November Review, and especially the generosity of the donors which led to this real achievement by our team!

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BIG fun at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center!

I can’t say enough good things about the folks at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and the kids in Kansas who provided the BBE with such a warm and welcoming hospitality… here are some pic’s from a memorable day for the BBE, and hopefully, for a few young historians… you can go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloBillCulturalCenter/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED to see and read more!

Buffalo Bill Cody living historian Jeff Norman at the iconic sculpture after his performance at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas

Buffalo Bill Cody living historian Jeff Norman at the iconic sculpture after his performance at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas

"Buffalo Bill" talking with the amazing kids in Kansas, at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center!

“Buffalo Bill” talking with the amazing kids in Kansas, at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center!

Packed house for Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor "Gunny" Jeff Norman at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas!

Packed house for Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas!

Buffalo Bill Cody historical speaker "Gunny" Jeff posin' with a younger, handsomer, Buffalo Bill (and friend) before the show!

Buffalo Bill Cody historical speaker “Gunny” Jeff posin’ with a younger, handsomer, Buffalo Bill (and friend) before the show!

Busy week for the BBE! Now heading out to Kansas!

The BBE had three shows and a television interview last week, and is now getting ready to head to the “Buffalo Bill Cultural Center” in Oakley, KS, to perform for about 500 students. Oakley is right around the corner from where Bill Cody had to earn the official title “Buffalo Bill” by out-shooting Billy Comstock, the head scout at nearby Fort Wallace. Excited for this one!

Buffalo Bill "comes alive" for the Longmont Public Library, as reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman shares Bill's rags to riches to rags life.

Buffalo Bill “comes alive” for the Longmont Public Library, as reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman shares Bill’s rags to riches to rags life.

Buffalo Bill Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman was honored to perform for Wind Crest residents on January 10th, 100 years to the very day, since Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver, CO.

Buffalo Bill Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman was honored to perform for Wind Crest residents on January 10th, 100 years to the very day, since Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver, CO.

Buffalo Bill Experience living history show reminding Scouts of their scouting roots to folks like Kit Carson, Jim Bridger and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Buffalo Bill Experience living history show reminding Scouts of their scouting roots to folks like Kit Carson, Jim Bridger and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Pack 131 Experiences the BBE!

Last night the BBE got to talk to Pack 131 about their connection to folks like Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger and such, and thank ’em for keeping the Scouting spirit alive… great kids… I personally love the color guard and the Pledge of Allegiance that starts these meetings…

Buffalo Bill living historian, Gunny Jeff Norman with Cub Scout Pack 131

Buffalo Bill living historian, Gunny Jeff Norman with Cub Scout Pack 131

Back in Julesburg after 113 years!

Last time was my show in 1913! It sure felt good to be a part of the effort to rebuild Fort Sedgwick up by Julesburg, CO at their first fundraiser Friday night. In return they honored the BBE with a standing O and a vintage collapsible cup for those long Pony Express rides. Buffalo Bill was a frequent visitor to the fort. Thanks, Julesburg!

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff at the first fundraiser to rebuild the historic Fort Sedgwick by Julesburg CO. Bill spent many days there during the Indian Wars!

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff at the first fundraiser to rebuild the historic Fort Sedgwick by Julesburg CO. Bill spent many days there during the Indian Wars!

Gunny Jeff was honored with an appreciative standing O after his Buffalo Bill historic presentation.

Gunny Jeff was honored with an appreciative standing O after his Buffalo Bill historic presentation.

I LOVE that kids love history. These Buffalo Bill one-man plays really seem to fire 'em up a bit, and the girls especially love to hear about Annie Oakley!

I LOVE that kids love history. These Buffalo Bill one-man plays really seem to fire ’em up a bit, and the girls especially love to hear about Annie Oakley!

The BBE's friend and fellow history buff, Gary who spearheaded the event with plenty of help from his friends...

The BBE’s new friend and fellow history buff, Gary who spearheaded the event with plenty of help from his friends…

Pack 788 got experienced!

The BBE was privileged to talk to the Scouts of Pack 788 about their scouting roots to Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson and the like… Bill was a good friend of Lord Baden-Powell, who would incorporate many frontier ways when he created the Boy Scouts! (Some even say the neckerchief that Scouts wear today was inspired by Buffalo Bill!)

Buffalo Bill reenactor Gunny Jeff telling the Scouts of Pack 788 all about their scouting roots!

Buffalo Bill reenactor Gunny Jeff telling the Scouts of Pack 788 all about their scouting roots!

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman sharin' Buffalo Bill's story to Pack 788

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman sharin’ Buffalo Bill’s story to Pack 788

Buffalo Gap Texas experiences Buffalo Bill!

What a trip… the Buffalo Gap Historic Village hosted an amazing fundraiser with the BBE at their legendary local Perini Ranch Steak House. Sold out… 400 seats at $125/plate, not including the silent auction… an evening the BBE will never forget, for sure… I sure was humbled when I looked up from my final bow and they were standing while they applauded. Thank you Buffalo Gap for your gracious hospitality! Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloGapHistoricVillage/ and see all they’re doing to preserve our history!

Re-enactor "Gunny" Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience standin' tall in front of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village... an amazing walk back through time...

Re-enactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience standin’ tall in front of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village… an amazing walk back through time…

Buffalo Bill ALWAYS had an affection for pretty ladies!

Buffalo Bill ALWAYS had an affection for pretty ladies!

What a night for Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff... 400 history lovers in one place!

What a night for Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff… 400 history lovers in one place!

SOLD OUT! A successful fundraiser for the Buffalo Gap Historic Village! What a great place, and such a welcoming hospitality they gave the Buffalo Bill Experience... THANKS Buffalo Gap!

SOLD OUT! A successful fundraiser for the Buffalo Gap Historic Village! What a great place, and such a welcoming hospitality they gave the Buffalo Bill Experience… THANKS Buffalo Gap!