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31st annual Christmas Luncheon for the Bristol Historical Association

December 2, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Bristol Virginia – The  will be held on Sunday, December 2 at the Bristol Train Station.  Our speaker will be John Flood who will present an exciting program entitled, Buffalo Bill Returns to Bristol.  The luncheon begins at 12:30pm and reservations are $30/each and are being accepted until November 24.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West.  At only 11 years of age, in order to support his family, he was in the saddle and employed by gruff wagon bosses on the Western Frontier. In the middle of nowhere and quite alone, he rode the dangerous trails of the Pony Express as a 14 year old. By his 20’s he had been in multiple Indian fights, had scouted much of the American West, and was so proficient at killing bison he had earned the name he would be known by for generations to come, “Buffalo Bill”. From 1883 until 1916, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his spectacular Wild West exhibition toured the nation, the world, and – yes indeed – even came right here to Bristol on four visits between 1897 and 1913.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, a described combination of circus, vaudeville and rodeo, featured sharpshooter Annie Oakley, storyteller Calamity Jane, and Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull accompanied by a band of 20 braves.  The pre-show event was the anticipated parade down the main street leading from the train station, followed by two performances, then overnight by train to the next stop.  His Wild West show has been featured around the world, including a performance before Queen Victoria and many heads of state.

Our speaker, John Flood, is a researcher, author and community speaker who has published national articles in Wild West and American Cowboy Magazines. He is the Founder and Co-Director of Winchester Frontier Days.  A number of years ago Flood stumbled upon the fact that Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West had performed in John’s hometown of Winchester, Va. way back in 1916. This was a shocking discovery and nearly no one in Winchester, including most historians, knew anything about this exciting event from the past. In 2016 as an outgrowth of this revelation, John, with the help of a good friend, launched Winchester Frontier Days to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cody’s visit. For the past two years John has criss-crossed the state compiling all the information needed to tell this story. On December 2nd he will tell this tale with an emphasis on Bristol. His forthcoming book on the topic, Buffalo Bill in the Limelight Across Virginia, is due to be released in 2019.

The December 2nd luncheon meeting is open to the public but reservations and payment is required by Saturday, November 24.  Reservations for the BHA Christmas Luncheon are $30/each and should be mailed to Carter Miles, P.O. Box 204, Bristol, Tennessee 37621.  Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, buchanan03@bvu.net. Get more details on Facebook at BRISTOL HISTORY.




December 2, 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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