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History meets cowboy fun

Posted at 4:08 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 17:40:21-05

Take a step back to '83 - 1883 - that is.

William "Buffalo Bill" Cody held his first wild west show in Omaha that year. A few years later, Bill's show was traveling the world, showing a glimpse of the American old west.

"Omaha was kind of a resting place for him between shows, so he was here a lot, born in Iowa, so we just think its really important to tell this story because it has a really strong local history tie," said Jessica Brummer, with the Durham Museum.

This exhibit at the Durham shows Buffalo Bill's depiction of cowboys, Native Americans, sharpshooters and rough riders, and how they influenced Hollywood and history.

In addition to rare video from Bill's show, they have artifacts on loan from 11 different museums. They include Buffalo Bill's buckskin coat, personal saddle, a shotgun, and Winchester rifle used by Buffalo Bill in his show days. There's some cowgirl love, too. They have Annie Oakley's rifle, glove, pistol case, target disc and balls are also on display.

For the younger cowfolk, there's also an area to play around.

The exhibit is on display through May 1.