ARSENALS OF HISTORY: A Firearm Symposium in Cody, Wyoming

Immediately following the Winchester Arms Collectors Association Annual Show in Cody, Wyoming this weekend, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum will be hosting a firearms symposium that boasts an impressive cadre of presenters from the firearms collecting world. The first day (Monday, July 17th 2017) is open to the public with free admission. The second day is reserved for firearms museum professionals.

The public portion includes ten sessions of educational lecture for the firearms enthusiast and professional alike. Presenters include the NRA Museums Division, the Autry Museum, Springfield NHS, Smithsonian, the Royal Armouries [sic], and yes, the Cody Firearms Museum – custodians of the original Winchester factory collection (including the prototypes … those beautiful, beautiful prototypes). Also present will be the Institute of Military Technology staff including yours truly. It will be my intent to present a follow-up post to this blog with a run-down of the symposium’s highlights. Those who are considering attending, however, should waste no time in making a reservation with Assistant Curator Danny Michael by email or phone.

A flyer of the Cody symposium is shown below:

 

The second portion of the symposium (Tuesday, July 18th, 2017) is specific to (and restricted to) firearms museums and includes topics such as the perception of firearms, addressing the press, live-fire considerations, legal issues, conservation, accessibility, and many others. Per the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, Ashley Hlebinsky:

Museums with firearm collections face unique challenges and interpretive questions. This symposium brings together authorities in the field to begin creating practical guidelines for museums with firearms.

More information about the symposium can be found on the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of the West’s symposium website or their registration page.



Corey R. Wardrop

Corey R. Wardrop is the Museum Curator for the Institute of Military Technology in Titusville, Florida where he manages one of the finest, if not the finest, firearms collections in the country. Corey is a former OIF infantry Marine and has worked professionally in the firearms industry for over 20 years. In 2014 he obtained an unrelated Bachelor of Science degree from one of the nation’s leading diploma mills. Through his work at IMT he is currently studying CAD design with an emphasis in reverse engineering rare firearms.
Corey asks forgiveness for his novice-level photographs and insists they are improving dramatically thanks to certified rockstar http://nathan-wyatt.com/. Corey can be reached at coreyrwardrop@gmail.com and always appreciates suggestions for future articles.
For the record, Corey felt incredibly strange writing this bio in the third person.


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  • Patriot Gunner

    Cody WY is an absolutely beautiful place and their firearms museum is a must see for any firearm fan.

    • Ratcraft

      Been 3 times. Better every time.

      • Patriot Gunner

        Well looks like I’ve got to make another trip. Dang! =D

      • Patriot Gunner

        Well looks like I’ve got to make another trip. Dang! =D

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    Why yes, thank you Corey, our collection is pretty “sic”…

    • Corey R. Wardrop

      Hahaha. Sorry, sir. I had to.

      • Jonathan Ferguson

        Not at all, I’m sorry about the terrible pun! I’d love to make it to the IMT as well one day.

  • Larry Thomas

    A must see, been with friends and they get bored seeing so many firearms. Lot’s of history there, I had forgotten about the rocket pistol and the compression fired (hot air ignites the charge which is like a solid rocket fuel?) pistols from the sixties.

  • Swarf

    World’s loudest Slinky.