Introduction to Historic Firearms
Instructor: David Kennedy
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $130
Regular Registration: $150
While many museums have firearms in their collections, most museum staff have little to no training or experience with firearms. In an attempt to aid in this education, this one-day course will cover basic firearms anatomy and terminology and safe handling of firearms. Several breakdowns of firearms will be presented. Students will learn basic assembly/disassembly techniques and research methods to aid in this activity.
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David Kennedy is the Curator of Collections of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma. His responsibilities have included developing collections storage plans, policies, and procedures; establishing environmental standards and related policies; planning and installation of temporary exhibits; and installing and creating various elements of thepermanent exhibit. Prior to his move to Oklahoma, Kennedy was the Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (2003-2009).Having received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1998, Kennedy received his Master of Arts in History from Montana State University (MSU) in 2000. While at MSU, Kennedy served as Student Curator with the Museum of the Rockies exhibit, Weapons that Changed the West: From Flint to Fusion.He is the author of Guns of the Wild West: A Photographic Tour of the Guns that Shaped our Country’s History and the content adviser for Katherine Brevard's The Story of Guns: How They Changed the World, a book on firearms for a middle school audience.Mr. Kennedy believes that museums are a great educational equalizer and that the strength of museums lies in the collections they hold and protect. Kennedy was recently re-elected as a Board Member-at-Large for the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) and serves on several committees within MPMA.