Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association

  • Cody, WY
  • http://www.centerofthewest.org

Mission Statement

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the world’s leader in presenting authentic interpretation and compelling experiences about the American West.

 

Through our ideas, collections, and programs, we educate and entertain worldwide audiences about the past, present, and future of the American West.

 

In all that we do,

In all that we say,

And to all whom we serve,

We obligate ourselves to value:

Our employees as respected colleagues;

Our supporters as esteemed associates;

Our visitors as welcomed guests;

Our scholarship as impeccably sound;

Our collections as irreplaceable treasures;

Our professional ethics as our aspiration;

Our community as our mainstay;

Our environment as a resource to be nurtured and sustained;

Our challenges as opportunities;

Our successes as shared triumphs;

Our failures as lessons learned.

Main Programs

  1. Family Fun Day: Games of the Old West

service areas

International

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ruling year

1939

chief executive for fy 2008

Mr. Bruce Eldredge

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Keywords

Yellowstone National Park Cody Wyoming

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EIN

83-0180403

Also Known As

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Art Museums (A51)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per year. Most visit between mid-May and mid-October, when the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is open. Visitors come from all 50 states and from many other countries.

Programs

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Program 1

Family Fun Day: Games of the Old West

As a collections based educational institution, theHistorical Center's programs actively interpret itspermanent and temporary exhibitions to enhance audienceexperience. Annual public programs, designed to advanceknowledge of the American West, include: Cowboy Songs andRange Ballads, held in early April; Larom Summer Instituteof Western American Studies, held 4 weeks in June/July;Plains Indian Powwow, held in late June; Frontier Festival,held in mid-July; Western Film Series, held from earlyJuly through mid-August; and Plains Indian Seminar, held inlate September. Thirty-seven lending programs serve as anextension of the Center in public/private schools as wellas nursing homes, scout camps, other museums and libraries.

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None

Budget

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Adults

Male Adults

service areas

International

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Funding Needs

There is currently a campaign to raise funding for the reinstallation of the Buffalo Bill Museum, scheduled to close in October 2011 and reopen in May 2012. The reinstallation will create a new experience and tell new, reinterpreted stories of Buffalo Bill in the context of the American West invite visitors to encounter this great American icon again - for the first time. $900,000 still needs to be raised for this $2.75 million project.   Donations through Buffalo Bill Historical Center Annual Fund are critical to the institution's operations. Donation requests go out to potential donors early each year and in the fall of each year. The annual fund goal is $1.8 million in 2010.

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation

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BUFFALO BILL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Buffalo Bill Memorial Association

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Bruce Eldredge

BIO

Executive Director Bruce Eldredge has more than 30 years experience in the museum field. Among his accomplishments at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture are launching a 15-year, $20 million endowment campaign; revitalizing the American Indian Cultural Council and Center for Plateau Cultural Studies; receiving a direct federal appropriation of $450,000 in 2001 for the American Indian Plateau Center’s Web site technology; and receiving a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to boost the endowment campaign.

 

A consummate museum professional, Eldredge directed several institutions devoted to the American West prior to his stint in Washington. He led the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, New Mexico; the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas; the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona; and the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, New York.

  

Eldredge’s other museum experience includes director positions at the Schenectady Museum in Schenectady, New York, the Portsmouth Museums of Portsmouth, Virginia; the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan; and the Geneva Historical Society in Geneva, New York. He also served as research associate in the Capital District Humanities Program, State University of New York at Albany.

 

Eldredge holds a bachelor’s degree in American history and geography from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in museum administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

The Honorable Barron K. Collier

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