Monday, March 22, 2010

Biggest audience yet for Garst event

Garst Museum Director Penny Perry, Loretta Jones, Darke County
Historical Board President John Marchal (Photo: Barb Martin)
On Sunday, March 21, Garst Museum hosted one in a series of lectures open to the public. Loretta Jones portrayed Annie Oakley, Darke County’s famous daughter. Ms. Jones talked in detail about the challenges Annie Oakley faced both as a woman in what was then a men’s world and as a simple farm girl from the Midwest. Annie Oakley maintained her dignity and femininity all the while rocketing to fame as an extraordinary performer and sharp-shooter around the world.

The audience was the largest yet for a Garst Museum lecture, estimated at over 150 in attendance. This was the actual opening “shot” of the 150th birthday celebration for Annie Oakley. There is a scheduled year long series of events honoring the Annie Oakley Center at the museum, which includes her guns, trophies, artifacts and photographs which constitute the most extensive display about her life.

The next major event will be on May 22 with the museum’s fund-raiser “Little Sure Shot Gala”. For more information on how to donate or support this event, please call the museum at 548-5250.

Garst Museum welcomes new members. For a view of what the museum has to offer, please visit

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