The Utah Gun Collectors Association has donated funds to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., to help create a new firearms museum at the center.
UGCA secretary Art Gogan, Salt Lake City, and UGCA treasurer Jerry Dickson, Layton, presented a check for $250 recently to Herb Houze, curator of the Winchester Arms Museum within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.Gogan said the center is building a new $6.4 million Cody Firearms Museum which will contain the largest and finest assemblage of American firearms in the world.
"The center already has more than $4 million in contributions or pledges toward its goal," he said.
The new 45,000-square-foot museum will bring to four the number of museums at the center, which already includes the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum.
Gogan, who presented the center with his own personal check for $100, said Bill Ruger, president of Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., has provided $1 million and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has given $500,000 toward the new gun museum.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center attracted more than 400,000 people last year.