OldWestNewWest.com: History & Travel Magazine

Feb 21st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Places to Visit Museums Buffalo Bill Historical Center Now a Smithsonian Affiliate

Cody, Wyoming

Buffalo Bill Historical Center Now a Smithsonian Affiliate

Hits smaller text tool iconmedium text tool iconlarger text tool icon
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) has announced it is now affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

Laura Hansen, of Smithsonian Affiliations, made the announcement at the BBHC's recent board of trustees meeting.
"I'm so pleased to be here in Cody to welcome the wonderful Buffalo Bill Historical Center as the first Smithsonian Affiliate in Wyoming," Hansen said. "It's a great opportunity to kick off the collaboration between our two institutions. Not only does the center benefit from the collections and resources of the Smithsonian, but we also benefit from the expertise of those here at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center."

Bruce Eldredge, the historical center's executive director, said that the affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution is an important step that will help bring collections, scholars, and other resources of the nation's museum to Cody and the Wyoming region.

"This designation is a first for a Wyoming museum, and we look forward to significant partnerships with the Smithsonian for years to come," Eldredge said

Affiliates are chosen from cultural organizations whose missions are parallel to the Smithsonian's and who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their communities. There is no time limitation on the partnership, and it can last as long as both parties find it mutually beneficial. The BBHC began the application process earlier this year.

The advantages to the affiliate are many. First, the program permits the long-term loan of artifacts from the Smithsonian's more than 136 million object collection. Such loans enable the partner to incorporate Smithsonian collections into exhibitions, educational initiatives, and research programs.

In addition to borrowing objects, many partners incorporate Smithsonian educational resources into curriculum development for local schools, lectures, traveling exhibitions, workshops, study tours and other programs. Affiliate employees can also participate in a variety of career development opportunities including workshops, internships, and research.

"Being a Smithsonian Affiliate gives us access to all kinds of resources-objects, exhibits, specialists-that can help us provide even better exhibits and programs to our audiences," Dr. Robert Pickering, the center's deputy director, said. "There also will be some direct benefits to historical center members through discounts on merchandise and the Smithsonian magazine."

Devoted to western cultural and natural history, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is comprised of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History, and McCracken Research Library.

For general information and operating hours, visit www.bbhc.org or call (307) 587-4771.

Places to Visit