C.M. Russell Museum – Displaying the “Politically Incorrect:” Demystifying the Firearm as Artifact

Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 10AM to 5PM

Displaying the “Politically Incorrect:” Demystifying the Firearm as Artifact

Join us for a lecture by Ashley Hlebinsky, Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the National Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Center of the West in Cody, WY, on Tuesday May 16, 2017. Doors open at 6:30. $7, free for museum members. (Click here to become a member today).

In 2014, Yahoo Travel created a list of museums the writer considered politically incorrect which included the National Firearms Museum. The notion that objects hold power may be widely accepted, but the idea that they enter into the realm of political correctness or lack thereof is another matter. As a result, it can be difficult to differentiate between the object and the perceptions of said object. In this lecture, Hlebinsky seeks to identify the historical roots of these perceptions and how contemporary attitudes subsequently affect the ways in which firearms are treated in museums. Additionally, she will address the ways in which the Buffalo Bill Center of the West are attempting to break down these misperceptions and create an inter-active learning experience that better contextualizes firearms throughout history.

Ashley Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Hlebinsky is the first female firearm curator at the most prestigious firearms museum in the United States. She hails from the East Coast, where she received her Master’s Degree in American history – studying the perception of firearms in culture. After three years at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Firearms Collection, she moved to Cody, WY. In addition to her duties as curator, Hlebinsky is a firearms consultant (for both museums and firearms manufacturers), freelance writer, NRA Certified firearms instructor, international lecturer, and on-camera firearms historian. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious NSSF/POMA Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator of the Year Award.