GREENVILLE — An item (or items) related to famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley will be featured in an episode of the cable TV series “Mysteries at the Museum” early next year.
On May 18, a crew for the series spent an entire day filming items housed at the Garst Museum in Greenville.
“Mysteries at the Museum” is an hour-long show which airs on the Travel Channel. It highlights interesting and unusual artifacts held in museums across America and provides viewers with the backstories behind them.
Though the show’s specific interest in the artifacts at the Garst Museum has not been officially disclosed, Garst Museum Executive Director Clay Johnson confirmed that the subject of the filming involves Annie Oakley and he speculated that the focus of the episode may be related to libel lawsuits Oakley filed against a number of newspapers in the early 1900s.
“I believe the story may have to do with her legal battles,” he said.
Nancy Stump, head researcher at the museum, said the experience was pleasant, as the crew filmed many “Annie-related” items in the museum’s collection.
“They were very nice, and I’m very glad they did it,” she said. “We gave them as much information as we had.”
Johnson added that the crew took shots outside the museum as well.
“They did film downtown Greenville, the outside of the museum as well as other parts of the museum that I am guessing will be part of the introduction. It was interesting to watch them work,” he said.
Stump said a show producer told her the likely air date of the episode will be at the end of January or in early February 2017.
The show’s producers told Johnson that they would notify the museum of the episode’s air date several months from now and will mail the museum a DVD of the show after it premieres.
The Garst Museum, 205 North Broadway, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about the museum’s offerings at www.garstmuseum.org.
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