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!

Schools back and so is the BBE!

Vacation's over! Buffalo Bill reenactor Gunny Jeff back at it in Lone Tree Elementary!

Vacation’s over! Buffalo Bill reenactor Gunny Jeff back at it in Lone Tree Elementary!

Good to be back in the classroom, especially bein’ asked back! Got a bunch of schools lined up in September, and some travelling in the near future for the adults! Julesburg, CO and Buffalo Gap, TX comin’ up, by Jiminy!

4th of July in Sterling, CO!

The Buffalo Bill Experience was honored once again to raise the flag for the Overland Trail Museum’s Independence Day Celebration’s opening ceremony and perform for the folks in Sterling, CO! (I wonder if doin’ a third one would be pushin’ it??) It was a warm one, but over 200 stalwart Buffalo Bill fans stayed for the whole show!

"Buffalo Bill" proudly receiving the flag from a local Boy Scout at the Overland Trail 4th of July opening ceremony

“Buffalo Bill” proudly receiving the flag from a local Boy Scout at the Overland Trail 4th of July opening ceremony

Opening ceremony flag raising at the Overland Trail Independence Day celebration

Opening ceremony flag raising at the Overland Trail Independence Day celebration

Release the balloons!

Release the balloons!

Another Buffalo Bill Experience fish story

Another Buffalo Bill Experience fish story

Buffalo Bill impersonator, Gunny Jeff Norman performing for a couple hundred folks at the Overland Trail Museum in Sterling CO

Buffalo Bill impersonator, Gunny Jeff Norman performing for a couple hundred folks at the Overland Trail Museum in Sterling CO

 

 

The Buffalo Bill Experience receives the key to the city!!!

“Buffalo Bill” was WAY honored to receive the “key to the city” from the ambassadors of Brush, CO prior to my presentation there this weekend! I was ALSO honored to pass along history with my good friend Martin KnifeChief, who generously shares his rich Lakota culture!

"Buffalo Bill" proudly receives the "key to the city" of Brush, CO from two of its cutest ambassadors!

“Buffalo Bill” proudly receives the “key to the city” of Brush, CO from two of its cutest ambassadors!

The "key" to Brush, CO,  presented to the Buffalo Bill Experience, made by the event's blacksmith!

The “key” to Brush, CO, presented to the Buffalo Bill Experience, made by the event’s blacksmith!

Friend of the Buffalo Bill Experience, Martin KnifeChief, shared his vast knowledge of Native American culture.

Friend of the Buffalo Bill Experience, Martin KnifeChief, shared his vast knowledge of Native American culture.

 

 

Well… the BBE got stumped…

Here are a couple shots from last week’s shows at South Ridge and Iron Horse Elementary schools… now all these classrooms may LOOK the same as all the other classrooms, but lemme tell ya… every classroom is a new adventure. After talkin’ about how clever the Indians were in utilizing all the buffalo parts, I got stumped on “What did the Indians use buffalo hooves for?” Ok, ya got me… I know about the hides, bones, meat, horns, heart, bladder etc etc, even the POOP, but I admittedly got nothin’ for the hooves… so apparently I’ve got some homework to do. Another teacher said she’s never seen them so engaged… I’m hopin’ at least a couple of kids are going to get interested in history after seeing the BBE..

This might just be the fateful "humbling hoof" question...

This might just be the fateful “humbling hoof” question…

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff pointing out the Santa Fe Trail and Bent's Old Fort at Iron Horse Elementary

Buffalo Bill impersonator Gunny Jeff pointing out the Santa Fe Trail and Bent’s Old Fort at Iron Horse Elementary

EVERYONE had a question for "Buffalo Bill" after the South Ridge Elementary's 4th grade Buffalo Bill Experience

EVERYONE had a question for “Buffalo Bill” after the South Ridge Elementary’s 4th grade Buffalo Bill Experience