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Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, acquires 1888 poster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Buffalo Bill Historical Center   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:06

What does the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, do with a 28-foot long, 1888 poster of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show? It puts it on display for visitors to see in the Center’s newly remodeled Buffalo Bill gallery, set to open May 19, 2012.

The Center recently purchased the poster, thought to be the largest surviving poster ever produced for William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West. Printed in 1888 by the Calhoun Printing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, the poster consists of 32 separate sheets, measures roughly 28 feet long by 13 feet wide, and is in pristine condition.

In studying the colorful image on the floor, stretched out the length of the Center's Plains Indian gallery, the staff at the Historical Center christened this enormous advertising poster “simply extraordinary.” Much like billboards today, posters pasted to the sides of buildings were used to publicize events like Cody’s show that ran 1883 –1913. Generally meant to be scrapped once an event concluded, it’s rare to find posters like this 28-foot example created in 1888 still intact.

There is some mystery surrounding the Center’s acquisition, however. It was owned most recently by a private collector in Colorado who decided to dispose of it at auction. Before that, little is known about the history of this particular poster—where it originated, who owned it, and where it’s been for most of the last hundred years. It’s even possible the poster was never installed.

"My own hunch is that the poster—really a 'show bill'—was never hung because it had some minor flaws in it, such as where the ink ran slightly," explains Dr. John Rumm, the Center's curator of western American history. "They’re barely discernible and require careful inspection to see. But it would be in keeping for the reputation of both the Wild West and the Calhoun Printing Company to not post a 'factory second,' no matter how minor the flaws were." Certainly, more research is in order to answer those questions.

Originally, the Center’s Conservator Beverly Perkins planned an analysis of the poster including cleaning or making needed repairs. However, once unfurled on the floor for review, Perkins pronounced the poster “in remarkably pristine condition,” and Rumm said the colors were so vibrant that “the poster seems as if it were fresh off the press.” Other than some very minor tears along its edges, the poster is completely intact.

With a caption across the lower left corner exclaiming, “Grandstand at London Seating 20,000 People,” the poster was created to commemorate the Wild West’s special London performance in May 1887. Her Majesty Queen Victoria and other members of the Royal Entourage are pictured acknowledging Buffalo Bill’s ceremonial bow from his white horse as show personnel salute the queen from the background.

Staffers Matt Bree and Jeffrey Rudolph have their work cut out for them as Rudolph creates a frame, and Bree builds a special case to both display and house the poster on the back wall of the “Man of the World” alcove in the new Buffalo Bill gallery.

The Historical Center acquired the poster in September 2011 through an auction held in New York City. Monies from the Center’s Acquisition Fund (named for Buffalo Bill’s niece who was also the first curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum)—together with contributions from several of the Center’s trustees—made the acquisition and conservation of this poster possible. Once several months of remodeling are wrapped up this spring, the poster goes on display in the Center’s Buffalo Bill gallery when that area of the museum reopens on May 19, 2012.

(Note: Only the Buffalo Bill gallery of the Center is currently closed to the public; the remaining galleries are open during regular winter hours.)

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John Deere Pavilion Re-Opening Date(s) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wendy Artman   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:57

We have officially set the re-opening date and time for the John Deere Pavilion.

We will re-open the all-new Pavilion to the public on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Also, we will celebrate the re-opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on February 15th at 10:00 a.m. 

 
Easter talk at GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:30

GAHC is proud to host the talk: Easter Traditions in Germany presented by Kathlyn Hofmann on Sunday February 26, 2012 at 2pm at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52802. This presentation will acquaint you with German Easter traditions - some similar - some different from the way Easter is celebrated in the USA. 

Special highlight is a series of slides: "Osterbrunnen," elaborately decorated wells and fountains found in the Franconia area of northern Bavaria. Kathlyn lived in Germany for 27 years teaching German and ESL for the DoDEA School System. Since 2009, she has taught several beginning and intermediate German language classes at the GAHC. Free with admission.

 
“ALL ABOUT ART” tour offered at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Mohr   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:27
The Figge Art Museum presents a special themed tour “All About Art” at 1:30 pm Sunday, January 29. This tour will examine several paintings which represent different genres, or types of art. Docents Barb Hansen and Sandy Cahoy will discuss the characteristics of each type of painting as well as the techniques the artists used in each genre. The tour begins with religious works in the Latin American Gallery and ends with Mural, Jackson Pollock’s modern masterpiece. The tour lasts approximately one hour.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members. For a list of tours and other programs, visit www.figgeart.org.

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Due to overwhelming demand Additional White Rose Film Showings Added! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:09
The German American Heritage Center and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities are happy to announce additional showings of companion films to the current  "White Rose" Exhibit at GAHC.  We had a full house on Sunday, Jan.29 and apologize to those who had to be turned away!   Please try to join us for the following opportunities:

 

Saturday, Feb 4, 4:00 - "The White Rose" 1983    EXTRA SHOWING ADDED

 

Sunday, Feb 5, 1:00 and 4:00 "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days," 2006 Nominated as 'Best Foreign Film'

 

Figge Museum Auditorium                 $5 Admission; Students Free with I.D.

 
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