30 August, 2016
Museum News
Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for 2016
Updated 30 June, 2016
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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Free Speaker Series 2016/2017
Updated 19 Aug, 2016
Join us at the museum as we start another year of our free speaker series!
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The Gathering at Garst 2016 - Thank You!
Updated 2 Aug, 2016
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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Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle Winners
Updated 23 June, 2016
The Garst Museum Gala, a FUNdraiser, was another success! Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets or supported the Gala.
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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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Best of Ohio 2016

Ohio Magazine readers recently voted Garst Museum the “Best Historical Museum” and the Gathering at Garst the “Best Summer Festival” in Ohio for 2016. This is a significant honor that we are very proud to receive. This honor recognizes all of the hard work and endless hours the dedicated Garst Museum staff and many volunteers for both the Gathering and museum have put in over the years.

The Garst Museum is fortunate to have such strong support from so many Darke County citizens and businesses. As a nonprofit institution, we rely on the generosity of those we serve. It is our hope that the Best in Ohio recognition for the museum and the Gathering will help in placing a statewide spotlight on the Darke County community and entice those not familiar with us to pay a visit.

We plan on sharing the wonderful news throughout the year and hope you will join us in celebrating the recognition.
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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