Annie Oakley indeed fits the category of a strong and independent woman!
As a child, I loved the music from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun” which is a fictionalized tale of Annie Oakley’s life. I knew that music by heart as I played it whenever I could, and sang along.
As a shy kid, her gutsy songs gave me words and strength as I sang along. I loved the musical expression of strength. For years I longed to be able to sing them publically.
Fast forward some sixty years and I am finally getting to sing her words! I sing with a women’s chorus of about twenty voices. This spring we are singing from the musical. I am so excited!
March is Women’s History Month! Today’s post comes from Madie Ward in the National Archives History Office.
Among the billions of documents in the National Archives, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has a favorite: the 1898 letter from Annie Oakley to President William McKinley offering 50 American lady sharpshooters in the Spanish-American War.
Letter to President William McKinley from Annie Oakley in which she offers the services of a company of 50 lady sharpshooters who would provide their own arms and ammunition to the government should war break out with Spain, 4/5/1898. (National Archives Identifier 300369)
When I asked why, he replied, “[It is] an example of why archives are not boring! Most people have a mindset that these kinds of institutions are full of boring and dusty pieces of paper. I constantly remind people that each of our 13 billion pieces of paper and parchment—and…
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