Annie Oakley, Beyond the Myth, Described at Stafford Library

Feb 21, 2018

The Friends of the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library presents a program that explores the life of Annie Oakley on Thursday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m.

First-person interpreter Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre will bring the famed sharpshooter in a program titled “Aim for a High Mark.” It is sponsored by the N.J. Council for Humanities/Public Scholars Project.

“Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was probably the most famous woman of her day,” the theater website says. “With photographs and posters everywhere, she and professional partner Buffalo Bill Cody may have been the first international superstars. The diminutive sharpshooter and exhibition shooter, who made her own costume, competed in a sport and in a world dominated by men. The no-holds-barred performer learned to shoot from practical necessity, hunting to feed her parents and siblings. Growing up poor, overcoming a difficult and even abusive childhood, she just did what she needed to do to survive and to keep her family going.”

The site said she also fought for safe working conditions, as well as fair and equal pay for a day’s work regardless of gender or heritage.

“Ms. Hanley is passionate about Oakley, eager to share Annie’s inspiring life story, a life much more interesting than the myths that have grown up around her,” the site says. “Audience members learn that from experience, perseverance overcomes obstacles.”

For more information, call the branch at 609-597-3381. —E.E.

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