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.
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.