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Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration
Noon - 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest legends, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. In the grand tradition of parties, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave will host the annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 28, from noon to 3 p.m. Sing Happy Birthday, eat cake, play games and maybe even learn a thing or two on this very festive FREE day.

Join the Museum staff at Noon for a ceremonial cutting of the cake by a photogenic collection of Buffalo Bill look-a-likes. Then wander through the Museum exhibits, visiting with costumed volunteers as they discuss the Native Americans, buffalo and cowboys that were such a vital part of Buffalo Bill’s life. At 1:30 p.m. the action moves back outside for the annual Buffalo-Chip Tossing Contest. Prizes will be awarded in both an adult and child’s category.


Meet the Author
2:30 June 6, 2010

Buffalo Bill Museum director Steve Friesen, author of the newly released book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary, will discuss the controversy over Buffalo Bill’s burial on Lookout Mountain rather than in Wyoming. He will share new information he uncovered in researching the book. Following that presentation, local historian and author Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will talk about the history of tourism in Colorado, including the role that Buffalo Bill’s grave has played. Noel is the author of Mile High Tourism , released this spring. Both authors will be available after the presentation to sign copies of their books. The lectures and book signings will be held in the Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop.

Earlier in the afternoon, at 1:00 pm, Friesen will also conduct a tour of the Buffalo Bill Museum’s new exhibit “The Buffalo Bill Story.” The exhibit is based upon Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary and includes many artifacts that have not been previously exhibited. Friesen’s research for the book uncovered new information about these artifacts which will be included in the tour.

Mountain Melodies Music Festival
Noon to 5 pm on Sunday, August 8, 2010


The sounds of honky tonk, string bands and bluegrass music will drift across Buffalo Bill’s grave at the 7th Annual Mountain Melodies Music Festival. The festival annually highlights both established and new musical talent from Colorado’s Front Range communities. Sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Museum and funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, this FREE event will be on Sunday, August 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Halden Wofford and the High Beams will headline the festival this year. The group’s distinctive honky tonk stylings have been heard in such diverse settings as NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, concert halls and Colorado dive bars. And on August 8, they will add Buffalo Bill’s Grave to the roster. Also appearing at the Festival will be Giddyup Kitty (a cowgirl bluegrass band), Martin Gilmore and Angie Lucht, and the Virginia Dale Polecats (an old-time string band).

Limited seating is available at the event; blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Visitors may bring their own picnic or take advantage of the full café located in the Museum Gift Shop.

Buffalo Bill's Western Roundup!
Noon - 4:00 Sunday September 26, 2010

This annual fall celebration features living history reenactors, historic demonstrations, crafts, music and much more. This is always a FREE day at the Museum. Stay tuned for more information as exhibitors are confirmed.

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