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Photo of Bruce Mikesell, certified instructor watching as first time shooter Katheleen Nealeigh of Greenville, OH, as she aims.
Photo of Bruce Mikesell, certified instructor watching as first time shooter Katheleen Nealeigh of Greenville, OH,
as she aims.
Annie’s Memorial Shooters on Target

Sixteen people ranging in age from 12 to 75 “learned to shoot like Annie." Many had never held a gun or rifle, others looked to improve their skills. Participants learned about firearms and had hands-on practice at the firing range at the Darke County Fish and Game Club, New Madison, OH. This was the first “Annie’s Memorial Shoot” co-sponsored by the Annie Oakley Center Foundation and the Fish and Game Club. It was scheduled on August 11 to coincide with Annie Oakley’s birthday: August 13.

ClassroomThe day began with classroom instruction in firearms safety. Participants then practiced shooting on the range with rifles and handguns, with protective eye and ear wear provided by Fastenal, cheering each other on. Bullseyes were especially exciting. Thanks to the certified, experienced instructors Bruce Mikesell, Bill Wantz and Mike O’Neal who volunteered their time.

Organizers of the event want to thank the event donors: Ann’s gifts, Annie Oakley Natural Perfumey (Ligonier IN), Buffalo Wild Wings, Cope’s, Eikenberry’s IGA, Fastenal, Christy Gulley’s Girl Scout Troop # 31223, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Subway. Special thanks also to the cooks: Terry and Ruth Leedom and Rod Saylor. Will you learn to shoot at next year’s event?


Read About Annie Oakley!

The newest book One or Two Eyes Open, is a compilation of selected stories from Annie Oakley or Frank Butler, her husband. Many of these have been transcribed as they appeared in the newspapers. These are selections from Annie's scrapbook. Microfilmed copies at Garst Museum were provided by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY.

Sympathy Letters To Frank Butler After the Death of Annie Oakley Butler is a compilation of notes and letters written to Frank by those who were touched by Annie’s showmanship, personality and generosity -- the famous and also ordinary people including family members.

The Autobiography of Annie Oakley, is a collection of fifteen articles written by Annie and published in newspapers across the United States in 1925-26.

Personal Pages from Annie Oakley & Frank Butler, is from the museum’s archives, and includes correspondence to and from Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. This book also includes letters from family members, acquaintances, and famous celebrities such as Buffalo Bill Cody.

Photograph of Marilyn Robbins

Frank Butler, The Man Behind The Woman, is a biography of Annie’s husband. Included in the book are 32 of his poems.

Most are $10-$14, Personal Pages is $25. All are available at Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center, Greenville, Ohio, 937.548.5250,

Annie Oakley once wrote about her career, "When I started, there was a prejudice to live down." Ladies just did not do the things she did and still remain "ladies."

Except for Annie.

Annie blazed many trails for women and girls. She showed that women could compete in a man's world and still remain feminine. She showed that women could be show business stars without compromising their integrity. She proved that marriage could be a loving partnership of equals. She urged women to participate in sports, particularly outdoor sports that usually were reserved to men. Thus she pioneered the way for women in athletics.

Annie Oakley started from nothing and achieved stardom by hard work, by strength of personality, and by making best use of her talents. And she did it without hurting others. In fact, to the end of her life she was quietly generous to those who were less fortunate.

She was aware of her fame and what it meant. If she seemed extremely protective of her public image, it is because she was conscious of being a trailblazer for women and girls. She knew she was a role model. "Aim at a high mark, work for the future," she said. In the twenty-first century, we can still look up to the example she set for us.

This site has two purposes.

The first is to help support The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. This is where Annie Oakley's legacy really lives on, through her stories and the historical items she left behind. The second purpose is to help set straight some of the inaccuracies and tall tales that have grown up around this remarkable woman. Check under the FAQs tab to find learn more about Annie Oakely -- the performer and the woman.


Images courtesy of the Darke County Historial Society