Historic Cody Families

Albums, diaries, letters, journals, clothing & more


A gift to the Cody Heritage Museum is an object that the owner irrevocably and unconditionally gives to the Museum, including all right and title, all copyright, trademark and related interests.



Objects lent to the Cody Heritage Museum remain in the Museum for the time specified on our agreement, unless there are arrangements made for an extension.  Objects loaned will only be returned to the Lender or their agent.  Loaned items can be renewed yearly at our request. 

It is possible that some objects will not fit our criteria -- or our space!  In that case, the object will be returned to the owner(s).

Family Poster Project

  • We are seeking descendants of early families who will contribute flat items for a display -- items like photos, clippings, invitations, etc. 
  • These items will be scanned and printed to fit into plastic sleeves which will be inserted into a wall-mounted flip board.  One sleeve will hold two families, back-to-back, for example, the Frost & Richard families, or Bales & Ballinger. 
  • These "Family Posters" will be printed locally -- we have negotiated a flat fee for scanning, design assistance and printing. 
  • If you would like your historic Cody family to be represented, we encourage you to consider gifting the Museum with this digital reproduction of your historic items.
  • For more information, contact us at:

info@codyheritagemuseum.org    attn: Janet Frost Bucknell, subject: Family Poster Project

What's in YOUR Closet?

Artifacts and Objects are still needed to complete the Museum displays in the 6 focus areas.  If you or your family has items that would illustrate one of those areas, we encourage you to gift them to the CHM, where they will be safe and admired for years to come.  Items should relate to the early history of the Cody area, through the 1960's.  We are covering the area within the boundaries of Park County Fire District 2.

We are looking for: journals, letters, advertising memorabilia, souvenirs, personal items, home or business furnishings (smaller than a shoe box!), military insignia/uniform pieces, etc.

Town Founding

Surveying equipment, plats, journals

Cody Country Industries

Oil & Gas, Water, Dude Ranching & Outfitting, and more

Early Tourism

Advertising artifacts, equipment, etc.

Cowboys & Rodeo

Tools, equipment, posters

​​​​​​Tel: 307.586.4272
Summer ​Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sundays  12:00noon to 4:00pm 
Winter Months by Appointment
[call us for school field trips, family or class reunions, etc.!] 

Type Contact Director & Curator Lynn Houze

to discuss donating an object:  307.586.4272

Cody Heritage Museum acquisition photographs

Acquisition Definitions


​Early Cody Businesses

Diaries, reports, plans, 

​​​​​What kind of Objects do we need?

Call for Objects

The Small  Space is a CHALLENGE!

The Cody Heritage Museum will focus on local Cody history -- and we still need YOUR family's contributions of artifacts and objects, in the following areas:

  • The founding of Cody by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, George T. Beck, Nate Salsbury, H.M. Gerrans, George Bleistein and Bronson Rumsey
  • The ranching & agricultural history, and early Cody businesses
  • Our tourism-based economy, established in Cody to share Yellowstone National Park  with the world
  • The influence of the oil, gas, and railroad industries
  • Area cowboy history, including the Cody Stampede Rodeo
  • Family stories from the generations that have helped to create the Cody we love!