PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO TO VISIT WYOMING September 21, 2013 TO COMMEMORATE CENTENNIAL OF ALBERT I AND BUFFALO BILL’S HUNTING TRIP in Cody, Wyoming
I just returned from a quick trip to Yellowstone, Cody Wyoming, and an extensive visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I heard that the Center is due a visit of His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco Albert II to attend its Patrons Ball on September 21, 2013.
“As you may know, 2013 is a special year for us all as we celebrate, with enormous pride and pleasure, the centennial of the visit to Cody of Prince Albert I, the scholarly prince and co-founder of oceanography,” His Excellency Gilles Noghes Ambassador of Prince Albert wrote in prepared remarks. “In September 1913, he went hunting with the iconic Buffalo Bill.
“Now, I have the distinct honor of informing you that Prince Albert II of Monaco, the great, great grandson of Albert I, has accepted the kind invitation of Governor Matt Mead of the State of Wyoming and the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to participate in this celebration and will be present…”
Albert I was a noted visionary with particular concern for deforestation and over-fishing in ocean waters. In the 21st century, Prince Albert II carries on the same tradition with his scientific interest in the environment, a natural extension of his great, great grandfather’s passions. His foundation recently decided to honor the biodiversity of the Greater Yellowstone region by awarding—for the first time —an important prize of biodiversity focusing on the migration of elk.
“We are so delighted that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is joining us here next year,” Barron Collier II, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees said. “His environmental awareness and concern bodes well for us as we share the Prince’s great passion for this area—and more broadly for the planet. After all, it was Buffalo Bill who adopted a world view well beyond the confines of America’s Great Plains, a strategy we here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have adopted as we celebrate the very global nature of the Spirit of the American West, a celebration that transcends time and place. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Albert II and the Principality of Monaco.”
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West Annual Patrons Ball takes place September 21, 2013. For more information, visit www.centerofthewest.org.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive.
The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups.” For additional information, visit www.centerofthewest.org, or visit the Center’s page on Facebook.
Please click on the “slide show” for images I recently made at the museum and in Yellowstone