The Cody Firearms Museum’s Arsenals of History Symposium Returns! By: Matthew Moss


The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has announced that their respected Arsenals of History Symposium returns this year following a COVID-19 hiatus. The Symposium was established back in 2017 and features speakers from around the world and focuses on firearms history, museum practice, and ongoing research within the field.

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The Symposium will run between October 6 and 8 at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. Find out more about the event here. Check out the schedule of talks below and our coverage of earlier Arsenals of History Symposium here.

The Cody Firearms Museum's Arsenals of History Symposium Returns!

Curator Danny Michael speaking about the Winchester Automatic Rifle (Cody Firearms Museum)

Here’s the symposium’s full schedule:

Thursday, October 6

8:30 a.m.: Extracting the Detail & Showcasing the Hidden. By Dr. Rachel Bolton-King, Associate Professor, Staffordshire University.

9:45 a.m.: The Cartier-Roberval Site: Renaissance Strategy in North America, with guns. By Khan Rooney, Historical Arms curator; Intendant of the Chateau Ramezay.

11 a.m.: Verifying the Story: Untangling a Confusing Family History. By Dave Kennedy, Curator of Collections, U.S. Marshals Museum.

1:30 p.m.: “Vinvit Qui Patitur”: The Life of an American Armsmaker–Colonel Samuel Colt. By Bert Barnett, Retired National Park Ranger.

2:45 p.m.: Winchester Contributions to Experimental Military SALW During the Cold War. By Nic Jenzen-Jones, Director, Armament Research Services.

Friday, October 7

8:30 a.m.: Arming Virginia: Military Firearms in the Colonial Capital. By Erik Goldstein, Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

9:45 a.m.: Finding R.H. Weakley. By Susan Ashman, Historic Weapons Supervisor, Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

11 a.m.: Exhibiting the Marine Raiders at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. By Kater Miller, Outreach Curator and Jennifer Jackson, Exhibit Specialist, National Museum of the Marine Corps.

1:30 p.m.: The Armament of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. By Erik Farrell, Archaeological Conservator.

2:45 p.m.: Methods of Research: Making a Book and Video Game about the Collier Revolver. By Ben Nicholson, Professor Emeritus, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Saturday, October 8

9 a.m.: Family tradition or provenance? Employing Genealogy Tools to Research Early American Firearms. By Zac Distel, Curator & Program Exhibit Director, Sons of the American Revolution.

10:15 a.m.: Ready, Aim, Tour: Using Dialogic Interpretation for Firearms Programming. By Kirsten Michael, Exclusive Tours Coordinator, Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

12:45 p.m.: Dutch Arms Development in the Age of Industrialization (1815–1895). By Mathieu Willemsen,

2 p.m.: I Liked My Armalite: The British Experience of the AR-15 Rifle. By Jonathan Ferguson, Keeper of Firearms and Artillery, Royal Armouries and Matthew Moss, Historian Specialising in Small Arms History, Editor of