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Annie Oakley, Columbus, Ohio, 1893
Annie Oakley in Columbus, Ohio, 1893, wearing a new dress she sewed of peau de soir Photo courtesy The Annie Oakley Foundation

Annie Oakley - Crack Shot in Petticoats

This project documents, in videotape, text, and photographs, the life of Annie Oakley, nee Phoebe Ann Mozee. She is portrayed as "Little Miss Sure Shot": heroine, public idol, and sports and entertainment superstar. The daughter of Dutch immigrants, she lived a pioneer lifestyle growing up in the Ohio wilderness. After the death of her father, her skill in marksmanship was developed out of necessity as she provided the game for the family dinner table. She met and impressed champion marksman Frank Butler -- also her future husband -- by chance, and the rest is history. The Butlers joined William F. Cody's (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill's) Wild West Show in 1885, traveling with it to England, Italy, and France as well as all over the U.S. Her achievements as a phenomenal shooter and entertainer, her high moral and ethical standards throughout her career, and her wisdom as a self-educated woman all recommend her as a legacy, locally and to the nation.

Originally submitted by: Mike Dewine , Senator.



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