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Visiting author to deliver lecture on ‘Buffalo Bill’s America’

Posted March 30, 2007

The Idaho State University Cultural Affairs Counsel spring lecture will be given by Louis S. Warren on his book “Buffalo Bill’s America: The Wild West Show in the Gilded Age” at 8 p.m. April 11 in the ISU Fine Arts Building’s Goranson Hall.

Warren’s book details William Cody’s rise from buffalo hunter and cavalry scout to what was claimed to be the world’s most famous showman. Warren will answer what inspired the Nebraska native to create the Wild West show – a traveling community that consisted of hundreds of Indians, cowboys and vaqueros; and what accounted for the show’s success on either side of the Atlantic.

Warren uncovers insights not only into the intersection of western history and western myth, but into the making of modern America.

Warren is the W. Terrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History at the University of California, Davis. “Buffalo Bill’s America” has been awarded the Albert Beveridge Prize of American Historical Association, the Caughey Western History Association Prize, the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and a Western Writer’s Spur Award.     After the lecture, Warren will participate in a book signing.

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney at 282-2606 or woodlaur@isu.edu.