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Installation of Founder's Day Cameo at the Autry Museum

Founder's Day Cameo Gene Autry, Annie Oakley, and the Autry National Center at the Autry Museum's Heritage Court

Date: Tuesday,
September 4, 2012

Jeffrey Richardson, Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms Autry National Center

Each year the Autry Museum displays a special cameo exhibit highlighting an aspect of Gene Autry's life and career. This year the museum is looking at Gene Autry as founder of the museum. Gene understood that the history of the West was a combination of fact and fiction, so he wanted the museum to explore the historic and mythic West, two equally important aspects of Western history. This cameo exhibit examines one notable example where these narratives converge: the life and legend of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Artifacts and information on real life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and television's Annie Oakley, played by Gail Davis, are featured. The exhibit is on display September 4th to October 21st.

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