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Roughin’ It – Buffalo Bill historian speaks to campus

Steve Frisen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, talks about Buffalo Bill's life growing up during the Buffalo Bill Presentation, Friday in the Atrium of the Sandoz Center. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Steve Frisen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, talks about Buffalo Bill's life growing up during the Buffalo Bill Presentation, Friday in the Atrium of the Sandoz Center. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Steve Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, spoke to an audience of about 25 people, Friday in the Chicoine Atrium in the Sandoz Center.

A picture of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was displayed at the presentation along side a table covered with copies of Friesen's books.

A picture of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was displayed at the presentation along side a table covered with copies of Friesen's books.

Before the presentation began, a projector was set up to play real footage from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the 1890s. Friesen began talking about Buffalo Bill’s up coming from the time he was young boy to when he ran the Wild West show. He discussed the hard times Buffalo Bill went through and described how his show was started.

He also talked about the history of the Mardi Gras Indians and how each of their costumes are made for celebrations and Mardi Gras; in celebration of Mardi Gras to come the following week, Friesen threw multi-colored beaded necklaces to the audience.

Friesen, who resides in Littleton, Colo., and wrote the book, “Buffalo Bill,” has been working at the museum for 16 years and has informed audiences about Buffalo Bill in New Orleans, Denver, and Cooper Town, N.Y., among many other places.

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