In early exhibition planning, Buffalo Bill Museum curatorial staff hoped to center a reinstallation around William F. Cody while reflecting thinking influenced by study of New Western History. Gallery planning included consultation with historical experts including a Lakota historian and Wild West Show Indian descendant. One section of the museum was set aside to feature a Lakota point of view concerning Indian participation in Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Visitor studies regarding the plan showed the museum's board and staff that taking a broader approach to Cody's life and including a Lakota voice would not engender public scandal but instead would pique visitor interest.
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- Buffalo Bill Museum
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- new western history
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