September 1 – October 20, 2016

Throughout the nineteenth century as Americans pushed west toward the Pacific, they were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery—lithographs and engravings—played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and its inhabitants. Now visitors to the Museum’s new exhibition, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, on display until October 20th, will see 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence the artists had on the perception of the wild west.

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CFD Old West Museum Educational Programming Steve Friesen Lecture, CFD Old West Museum, September 17, 2016.  1O am – 12 pm “Buffalo Bill Cody and Manifest Destiny” lecture; to provide a degree of insight into cultural identity and the West, and the impression of the West from Buffalo Bill Cody. ·

Art Uncork’d, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Artist and professor Mark Ritchie will lead an intaglio print, a print-making process much like some of the artists on display would have used. No art experience needed! For more information, contact megan.hesser@oldwestmuseum.org.

Henry Crawford Living History Day, CFD Old West Museum, October 1, 2016 Henry Crawford, living history Buffalo Soldier and Fur Trader will present an interactive session and his interpretation of cultural attributes included in the American West. During this day, regional artists in different areas of the Museum will lead art projects based on artistic styles found in the artwork of the exhibit.

Mike Kassel Gallery Tour, CFD Old West Museum October 1, 2016 Mike Kassel will lead guests on a gallery tour and talk about western identities in relation to Cheyenne Frontier Days, drawing on artifacts in the ”Let’s Go, Let’s Show, Let’s Rodeo” Exhibit.

Barbara Bogart Workshop, CFD Old West Museum October 8, 2016. 10 am 12 pm “How This Place Is Home: Exploring Place Attachment in Wyoming” presentation; to discuss how the artwork in Imprinting the West shares the story of the American West.

Class of 2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame

The votes are in and it’s time to celebrate Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inductees! The induction ceremony will take place Friday, September 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Radisson and includes appetizers and dinner. Tickets are just $45 for Museum members and $50 for non-members, please call us at (307) 778-7290 for more information or click the link below to make your reservations.

Class of 2016 Inductees

Teresa Jordan

Ann King

Cynthia Lummis

Jim Mueller

Duane “Bubba” Roedocker

Billy Ward

For information on the Inductees Click here

Cheyenne Frontier Days plays an important role in the community and it’s time to honor those that have helped make it what it is today – The Daddy of ‘em All®. Call the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum at (307) 778-7290.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the American West!

The history of the world’s largest outdoor rodeo & western celebration comes alive at the CFD Old West Museum. A premier cultural & historical center offering  year-round programming, exhibits & activities that celebrate the heritage & pioneer spirit of the American West. The Museum features some of the most intriguing western artifacts in the region including one of the most extensive collections of carriages west of the Mississippi. Transport yourselves through the great adventure of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Celebration” with a visit to our exhibit – Cheyenne Frontier Days: A Frontier Phoenix.  The exhibit captures the drama and the romance of the very first rodeo in 1897 unveiling how CFD has grown and changed over the years. The Museum’s galleries have interactive exhibits, artifacts and displays that showcase how CFD has persevered through adversity due to the dedication of many passionate individuals. Trace the history of the rodeo from 1897 into the Daddy of em’ all, discovering the characters that bring this history to life including wild bucking stock, steadfast volunteers, early pioneer families, and don’t forget the cowboys and cowgirls. A variety of cultural programs throughout the year also allow visitors of all ages to step back in time and experience Cheyenne’s history. Let the kids explore the interactive children’s gallery and visit the museum store for western gifts and rodeo souvenirs.  For an hour or two, travel back in time and relive the western legend.




Legacy Brick Project
Become a historic part of the CFD Old West Museum! A personalized brick is the perfect gift for any Western History fan. Reserve an engraved brick for yourself, family and friends. Pay tribute to your favorite contestant or volunteer, honor a loved one or make your mark by leaving your own personal message on a brick prominently displayed at the front entrance to the CFD Old West Museum.This new brick landscape project is creating an area where Museum friends and family can place their mark on history – a place visitors can go and reflect. Construction began this spring by Harold F. Johnson Masonry and is expected to be completed by Frontier Days. The bronze statue fountain “Wishful thinking” by Shalah Perkins will go back in as the center piece of the new brick garden. While over 60 bricks have already been sold, we will be placing brick orders periodically throughout the year. Your name and personal message can be etched and preserved into a legacy brick! Contributions raised through the Museum’s Legacy Brick Project will go towards supporting Museum operations in the areas of education, exhibits and collections. Single 4 x 8 Bricks with 3 lines of 16 characters each can be purchased for $100 (A Tax Deductible amount of $50). Duplicate Bricks available for $50 as a personal keepsake. Double 8” x 8” bricks with 6 lines of 16 characters each can be purchased for $200 (A Tax Deductible amount of $100). Duplicate Bricks available for $100 as a personal keepsake. Please call us at (307) 778-7290 .