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Museum Minute: The American Cowboy

Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

It’s well known that President Theodore Roosevelt helped shape the American West as we know it today. But the curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Jeremy Johnston, said Roosevelt, along with Buffalo Bill, also promoted the romance and myth of the American West.

Roosevelt didn’t spend too much time in this area of the country, but his writings of hunting trips and experiences staying at a ranch in the Dakotas helped to popularize the Western experience. Buffalo Bill popularized the West through the performances of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Both men transformed the image of the American cowboy, since traditionally the American cowboy was seen negatively.

“Because when most people encountered cowboys it was at the end of a drive and they were shooting up the town, going into the bars the saloons, chasing women,” said Johnston.

As a result, the cowboy shifted from a working-class laborer to a working-class hero.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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