6 October, 2015
Museum News
Garst Museum Speaker Series Continues November 7
Updated 6 Oct, 2015
The Garst Museum free speaker series continues on November 7 with “A Night at the Garst Canteen.”
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Annie’s Star Spangled Gala a Huge Success!
Updated 28 July, 2015
The Garst Museum would like to thank all the donors, guests, ticket buyers, and volunteers who made this year’s Gala a great success. Thank you!
The Gathering at Garst 2015 - Thank You!
Updated 8 Sept, 2015
The Garst Museum would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors, and all that joined us during the Gathering. Thank you for making this event very successful!
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Douglas Dickey Medal of Honor Exhibit
Updated 31 Mar, 2015
On November 14, 2014, the Garst Musuem unveiled a new exhibit honoring Darke County native and Medal of Honor recipient Douglas Dickey.
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Featured Exhibits
The National Annie Oakley Center

Annie Oakley
Walk with Annie Oakley as you visit the National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. You may be surprised as you discover Annie's true personality. Unlike Hollywood's image of a wild west, rough and tumble tomboy, Annie was a petite woman who loved lace, silver, beautiful furnishings and elegant clothing. Blessed with physical athleticism she excelled in a man's world and never forget her roots in Darke County, Ohio.
Crossroads of Destiny

Treaty Signing
Crossroads of Destiny is a stunning exhibit telling the hiSTORY of the Treaty of Greene Ville. Greene Ville was the largest stockaded fort ever built in North America and it was the scene of the most significant American Indian treaty ever negotiated. The Treaty of Greene Ville of 1795 opened the door to the settlement of the Midwest and resulted in Ohio statehood eight years later. The Treaty also ended forty years of conflict over the upper Ohio Valley.

Keepers of Freedom

PFC Dickey’s Exhibit
The Keepers of Freedom exhibit features artifacts and uniforms of Darke County veterans from every American conflict since the War of 1812 with the exception of the Mexican American War. This includes the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the war in Iraq.

Of special note is the exhibit of Lt. Commander Zachary Lansdowne, Captain of the USS Shenandoah, Navy dirigible. He was a pioneer and early advocate of military air power.

PFC Dickey’s uniform and related artifacts are prominently featured in the Garst Museum’s Lowell Thomas Meeting Room (photo).
Lowell Thomas with Lawrence and Beyond

Lowell Thomas
The name Lowell Thomas evokes a number of images--Adventurer, explorer, world traveler, author. However, he was best remembered as a radio news commentator on the CBS Radio Network. The vast Lowell Thomas Exhibit at Garst Museum was donated by Thomas in his later years.
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Garst Museum is Celebrating

The readers of Ohio Magazine have spoken and Garst Museum has joined the ranks of their annual “Best of Ohio” 2015 publication as “The Best Historical Museum.” This honor casts a positive light on the efforts of the dedicated Garst Staff and Volunteers as well as Director, Dr. Clay Johnson who has spent the past five years leading the museum’s efforts to preserve and promote the history of Darke County.

“It is an honor to be chosen “Best of Ohio” and it has really added an air of excitement throughout the museum,” remarked Dr. Johnson. “The opportunity to bring more attention to this regional museum illustrates that we are on the right track.” Dr. Johnson and his staff plan to continue upholding the favor of their visitors by adding more opportunities to interact with many of the resources and collections held at the museum including the Free Lectures Series, Outreach Education Programs, the Gathering at Garst festival, and the Darke County Research Center. “As the repository for the historical events and figures of this region that have had a national as well as an international impact, the Garst Museum provides each visitor with the opportunity to experience a wide range of eras from the earliest days of pioneer exploration and settlement to the local legends and heroes of the 19th through 21st centuries, including Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, and Medal
of Honor recipient Douglas Dickey to name a few” added Dr. Johnson.

The Celebration will continue throughout 2015 and you can be a part of it.
Museum in a Suitcase Programs

The Garst Museum is excited to announce an additional traveling Museum in a Suitcase program. The new program is specifically created for groups of children ranging from the second to sixth grades. Garst Museum docents will bring a suitcase of museum artifacts to your local group or classroom and present a unique program highlighting the Garst Museum. The forty-five to sixty minute programs are free and are available for schools and activities such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or 4-H clubs.

Garst Museum also offers a Museum in a Suitcase program for local adult groups. Both Museum in a Suitcase programs are offered at no charge and include opportunities to handle museum artifacts and to learn and reminisce about times gone by.

For more information about either Museum in a Suitcase program, please contact the Garst Museum at 937-548-5250 or via email at information@garstmuseum.org.

The Annie Oakley Center Foundation
The purpose of the Annie Oakley Center Foundation is to promote the memory of Annie Oakley, to create and maintain exhibits in cooperation with the Garst Museum of Darke County, Ohio, to receive funds for the support thereof, to acquire and preserve Annie Oakley memorabilia and to conduct any and all activities in to further these objectives.
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Garst Museum is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We welcome all National Trust members to receive a discount of 10% off admission and gift shop purchases when visiting the Garst Museum.
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