Explore the American West through our lectures, presentations, and videos. Take a look at what’s coming up, and click a video to watch past programs posted here.
Our lectures cover western American subjects including art, wildlife, natural science, Plains Indian history and culture, firearms, and the Greater Yellowstone region.
May 31, 1:30 p.m.
Four days before the official release of his latest Walt Longmire Mystery novel, bestselling author Craig Johnson visits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to talk about the series and sign advance copies of this ninth installment, The Serpent’s Tooth. Johnson’s public program takes place in the Coe Auditorium May 31, 1:30 p.m. and is included with regular paid admission. The book signing follows at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum Store, which will have copies of the book for sale.
Set in a fictional but vividly realistic Wyoming locale, the series follows Sheriff Walt Longmire and his cohorts-longtime friend Henry Standing Bear and Undersheriff Victoria Moretti-as they investigate crimes and incidents large and small. Johnson’s absorbing and complex plots blend the intricacies of Longmire’s work as a law enforcement officer with the personal aspects of his life.
Johnson’s novels have attracted critical acclaim and numerous awards, and this series has inspired the hit A&E television series Longmire, which begins its second season May 27.
June 14, 1:30 p.m.
Learn about an extraordinary private collection of American Indian art from Alan J. Hirschfield. The collector, philanthropist, and former entertainment industry executive discusses and answers questions about the Hirschfield Collection at a free event Friday, June 14, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Purchase a copy of his book, Living with American Indian Art: The Hirschfield Collection, at the Center’s Museum Store, where Hirschfield will sign copies from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us the first Thursday of each month (February – December) for our Draper Museum of Natural History Lunchtime Expeditions! These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions:
Are you interested in learning more about some of the subjects we delve into here at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center? Here is a selection of full-length videos of several presentations that have taken place here at the Center over the past couple years.
Discussion with John Rumm (2012)
Presentation by Chris Dixon (2012)
Presentation by Dan Reinhart (2012)
Presentation by Harvey Locke (2011)
Presentation by Gretchen L. Hurley, BLM Cody Field Office (2012)
Presentation by Andrew Marcus, Jim Meacham, and Ann Rodman (2012)
Presentation by Cheryl Jawarowski, Geologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)
Presentation by Doug Smith, Biologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)
Traverse the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone region on an interactive trail.