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MAY 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E — B U F F A L O B I L L C E N T E R O F T H E W E S T — C O D Y , W Y O M I N G "Buffalo" Bill Cody made a name for himself in the 1880s by taking the sights and sounds of the American West to people throughout the country and around the world. In the process, he founded the town of Cody, Wyoming, where the Buffalo Bill Center of the West honors the man and the culture he helped to spread. "We have five museums under one roof," said group tour coordinator Debra Elwood. "We have one museum all about Buffalo Bill. The Plains Indian Museum talks about the tribes in our area. The Cody Firearms Museum will be going under renovation next year. The Draper Museum of Natural History deals with the Yellowstone ecosystem and the relationship between people and nature. And then we have the Whitney Western Art Gallery, with all kinds of historical pieces of artwork." The Buffalo Bill Museum features Cody's boyhood home, which was brought over from Iowa, as well as exhibits about his Wild West Show, which toured all around the world. "We have some artifacts from his Wild West Show, like a tent set up with his personal effects," Elwood said. "The museum is packed full of his stuff. There are a lot of outfits that he wore in the Wild West Show, as well as a saddle and some other related things." Groups can arrange guided tours, chuck-wagon cooking demos and horseback-riding tours on the museum's seven-acre campus. Many also choose to stay for the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Review, a long-running show in Cody that features dinner and Western music. The show runs through the summer in one of the museum's auditoriums. W W W.C E N T E ROF T H E W E S T.O RG 3 3 4 By Danielle Klebanow, courtesy e Autry Courtesy Buffalo Bill Center of the West — A U T R Y M U S E U M O F T H E A M E R I C A N W E S T — L O S A N G E L E S For three decades beginning in the 1930s, Gene Autry was one of America's most famous "singing cowboys." During his show business career, he appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of "The Gene Autry Show" and was also an early inf luencer in the country and western music genres. It's fitting, then, that his signature museum is in Los Angeles. "Gene Autry, along with his wife, Jackie, created the Autry to encompass a broad representation of art and artifacts all about the American West," said Keisha Raines, communications manager at the Autry Museum. "They founded the museum in 1988. They wanted it to be very different than other places. It's not really about his life and legacy, but more about the history of the West." Visitors will still learn some about Autry in an exhibit dedicated to him that is part of a gallery that deals with Hollywood's depiction of the West. But the museum is rich with other areas that deal with Western cultural heritage. One of the core exhibitions, "Art of the West," deals with religion, landscape and migration in the West through artwork by famous artists such as Frederic Remington and Georgia O'Keeffe. A recently opened exhibition, "California Continued," looks at the traditional ecological knowledge of the Native American groups indigenous to California. Other highlights of the museum are a collection of Native American baskets, a customized Indian motorcycle from the 1940s and a re-created 19th-century saloon. W W W.T H E AU T RY.O RG 4 A BUFFALO BILL PORTRAIT AT THE BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST A DESERT ECOSYSTEM EXHIBIT AT THE AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST

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