Lo and I just finished watching the relatively new show, The History Detectives (Monday nights, following Antique Road Show).
is a show which investigates the history and authenticity of relics and memorabilia. It differs from Antique Road Show by concentrating on three stories, discussing information with numerous experts and gathering plenty of data...
Tonight's show culminated with the final spot, which focused on the authenticity of a French Coin, family folklore noted, that had been allegedly shot by Annie Oakley. The History Detectives quest was to determine if the coin had in fact been shot by Annie Oakley, and if family members currently in possession of the coin had long-lost relatives that were band members in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
Lo and I were a little geeked to hear that our dear Annie was born in Ohio...Darke County...not to far from Versailles - home of Poultry Days the Festival and the Poultry Days Ultimate Frisbee tournament.
Annie Oakley was a super sure shot. She won the heart of her soon to be husband, the sharpshooter Mr. Francis "Frank" Butler, an Irish Immigrant, when she out-shot the pants off of the expert in a traveling contest.
Her stage name Oakley, likely came from the neighborhood of Oakely Cincinnati, where Annie and her new husband lived for a short while...
Check out the links above for more fun info... and if ya get a chance, watch an episode of the History Detectives. Their web link has some neat features...you can help them solve some mysteries!!!