INSTRUCTOR: Robert Rydell
DATES: Monday, January 19 
TIME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

buffaloBillCOURSE INFO: Between 1887 and 1906, William F. Cody (aka Buffalo Bill) and his Wild West travelled to Europe on many occasions. When added to their tours around the United States, Cody and his performers became among the most-well traveled and cosmopolitan Americans during the Gilded Age.  In “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Even Wilder Far East,” we will examine Cody’s show and its reception in the US and Europe, and conclude by highlighting the show’s final years when it merged with Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East extravaganza.  If you can imagine a little bit of Lawrence of Arabia set in Butte, you’ll be in the right frame of mind for this take on Buffalo Bill.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Robert W. Rydell is Professor of History at Montana State University where he has taught for 34 winters.  He has authored many books and articles on world expos and served as guest curator for Designing Tomorrow, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. about America’s world’s fairs during the Great Depression and their impact on modern design.  Along with Rob Kroes, he is also the author of Buffalo Bill in Bologna: The Americanization of the World (University of Chicago Press).



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust