The history of the Cody Country Chamber is almost as colorful & eventful as the founding of the town. Founded in 1900 by George T. Beck as 'The Cody Club,' the first organization was a sports-man’s club and practically every man in the county joined, including Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who was elected "permanent first vice president."
The Cody Club enjoyed periods of great activity, several dormant periods and in 1919 a commercial club was organized that evolved into the Cody Chamber of Commerce. The first noonday lunch began February 11, 1920 at the Chamberlin Hotel. By 1941 the regular Monday lunch meetings had moved to The Cody Club Room at the Cody Auditorium, and that tradition continues today.
Thanks to a generous donation from the late Paul Stock, the chamber moved into its current headquarters in 1968. The building we occupy was the original Buffalo Bill Museum and additional office space was added in 1998. We share our quarters with the Cody Country Art League.
THE BUFFALO BILL ART SHOW & SALE
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a one of a kind art sale with a Western theme, offering works relating to the land, people and wildlife of the American West. Artists offer a broad range of stylistic interpretations of the West, in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, ceramic and mixed media. All works are original art.
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefits the prestigious Buffalo Bill Center of the West as well as the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is held in conjunction with the Center’s Patrons Ball Black Tie Gala, and By Western Hands’ Functional Design Exhibition, all of which are part of Cody, Wyoming’s annual “Rendezvous Royale Week.”
The ever increasing success of this project is made possible by dedicated staff at the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, as well as a hard working volunteer committee.
The art exhibition, housed in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery, is free for public viewing each September. Main events include the Friday evening Auction, where guests view the exhibition a final time, then stroll next door to the beautiful party tent adjacent to the museum for food, drinks, live music and a spirited live auction; and the Saturday morning Quick Draw, where guests enjoy breakfast then observe nearly thirty painters and sculptors at work in the Robbie Powwow Garden, often using live models, to complete a piece in one hour.
We invite you to immerse yourself in the arts during this exciting week in Cody, Wyoming! Explore the event at https://www.rendezvousroyale.org/.