20 November, 2014
Museum News
Holiday Closings
Updated 18 Nov, 2014
The Garst Museum will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
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Free Speaker Series 2014/2015
Updated 24 Sept, 2014
Join us at the museum as we start another year of our free speaker series.
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Information About Winter Weather Closings
Updated 18 Nov, 2014
The Garst Museum closes when the Darke County Sheriff issues a Level Three Snow Emergency.
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New Book On Annie Oakley is Published
Updated 2 Oct, 2014
The Garst Museum announces the publication of a new book on Annie Oakley authored by Marilyn Robbins.
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More Museum News
Featured Exhibits
The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum

Annie Oakley
Walk with Annie Oakley as you visit the Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum's exhibition of her life and history. 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 who was blessed with physical athleticism.
Crossroads of Destiny
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.

Lowell Thomas--famous broadcaster

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.
Cantonment At Greene Ville

Treaty Signing
Built in November of 1793 by the men under the command of Major General Anthony Wayne, the cantonment situated at the confluence of Mud and Greenville Creeks in western Ohio was headquarters of the United States Army until 1796. Enclosing almost 50 acres, Greene Ville was the largest stockaded or walled fortress built in the United States of North America. It was intended to hold over 4,000 soldiers, but only reached a high population of just over 2,000 men.
Around the Museum
Annie's Star Spangled Gala
Thank you to all that attended the 2014 Annie's 2014 Star Spangled Gala. It was a HUGE success thanks to you!
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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