2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Meet Buffalo Bill,” a one-person show with Terry Lane, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Lane will portray William F. Cody as he reflects on his life as express messenger, teamster, buffalo hunter, scout, actor and showman through a series of true-life adventures.

Lane has portrayed The Honorable Colonel Wm. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody for more than 20 years. He’s represented the State of Nebraska in that role for Travel and Tourism advertising for 15 years. Lane has performed “Meet Buffalo Bill” more than 100 times in seven states. He also has performed several times as Cody in “Annie Get Your Gun.”

In 2002, Lane was commissioned a Colonel and Chief-of-Scouts in the Nebraska National Guard by the Governor and Adjutant General, the same rank held by Cody. He has a master’s in U.S. History from University of Oklahoma. His library holds more than 200 volumes on Cody, Pawnee Bill, Captain Jack and other showmen of frontier America.

Cody (1846-1917), better known as “Buffalo Bill,” was born near LeClaire, Iowa, just north of Davenport. He was founder and the central attraction of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show which traveled throughout the United States and parts of Europe for 30 years. He performed seven times in Sioux City, 1896-1914.

As a “Wild West” performer, Cody is thought to have played to a collective audience of more than 50 million people. By the end of his life he was known to many as the most famous American in the world.