Western history author and lecturer Jeff Barnes brings the life and legend of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in Nebraska to the Alliance Public Library for a presentation on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m.
The presentation is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Alliance Public Library Foundation as part of the Humanities Nebraska Speaker Bureau.
“Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska” covers Cody’s arrival in Nebraska as an army scout and follows him through his career as a hunting guide, rancher, performer, senator, colonel, and showman while on his way to becoming the most famous person in the world. “No one personified the West – nor personified America in Europe – like Buffalo Bill Cody,” said Barnes, author of “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill”. “He spent an incredible quarter-century in Nebraska, transforming himself from a somewhat-obscure scout to the world’s first superstar. He did that all from Nebraska, which is truly a story in itself.”
The 45-minute presentation includes rarely seen images and seldom-heard stories of Cody, with the opportunity for questions afterward. Barnes’s book also will be available for sale at the lecture; published by Stackpole Books, “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill” is the first comprehensive travel guide to Cody’s activities on the Great Plains, including his homes, forts, battlefields, and related sites. It includes the history of Cody and the sites, historic and contemporary images, maps, and useful travel information.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes and lives in Omaha. He is a former board trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska. He is the author of 150 @ “150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial”, “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill”, “The Great Plains Guide to Custer”, “Forts of the Northern Plains”, and “Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park”.
The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at www.humanitiesnebraska.org (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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