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Annie Oakley Center at The Garst Museum – Greenville

Annie Oakley  Center and Summer Celebrations

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 “We have always had programs here at our Annie Oakley Center during the July festival week,” said Penny Perry, Executive Director of The Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.  “This summer, one of our own groups decided that during the Dog Days of July it would be fun to organize a ”Dave’s Diggity-Dog Festival” in honor of Annie and Frank’s dog Dave who was an important part of their shooting act.”

Year round, The Annie Oakley Center at The Garst Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view its extensive collection of Annie Oakley related materials, including numerous personal items.  It also offers a driving tour map to locations throughout the county to sites that were important in Annie’s early life when Darke County was still wild, with dense forests and lots of game animals.  At a young age Annie learned to shoot to secure food for her large family that had been challenged financially by the sudden death of her father.

 Born Phoebe Ann Moses (or Mosey) on August 13, 1860, some say that she adopted the name Annie Oakley in part because of her associations with Oakley, at that time a suburb of Cincinnati that had a gun club.  Her sister Susan lived in the Fairmount area of Cincinnati and Annie visited her often, before and after her marriage to Frank Butler.  In advance of her audition for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, Annie spent weeks in the Cincinnati area practicing.  She succeeded in wowing the owners, then audiences, and in time became a beloved, international celebrity.

The whole town celebrates during Annie Oakley Days each year.  Downtown merchants offer special sales. The KitchenAid Experience Retail Center has a limited, free gift offer on the first day and usually has customers lined up around the block.  On the sidewalks of the charming 3-4 block retail area, artists and other local vendors and organization set-up spaces providing a festive atmosphere. Meanwhile, visitor traffic is high at the Annie Oakley Center just a few blocks away.  Everyone loves Annie!

 The Annie Oakley Center at The Garst Museum, 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH

Information: 937-548-5250 or www.garstmuseum.org

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