Butler County Historical Society Home of the Kansas Oil Museum

Butler County Historical Society Home of the Kansas Oil Museum 100 Years of History on 10 Acres! The rich history of Butler County and El Dorado come alive at the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum.
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Visit the museum today for inspiring exhibits on the Flint Hills, the history of Kansas oil discovery, and much more. An outdoor Oil Boom Town represents the height of 1920s oil towns that sprang up overnight to provide housing for the droves of people that came to Butler County to find their fortunes in black gold. Working antique oil equipment is featured on the ten-acre grounds as well as the o

Visit the museum today for inspiring exhibits on the Flint Hills, the history of Kansas oil discovery, and much more. An outdoor Oil Boom Town represents the height of 1920s oil towns that sprang up overnight to provide housing for the droves of people that came to Butler County to find their fortunes in black gold. Working antique oil equipment is featured on the ten-acre grounds as well as the o

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Watch for our Curator Suzanne Walenta on KSN Channel 3 tonight at 5 pm &/or 6 pm during their RoadTrip series.
07/16/2021

Watch for our Curator Suzanne Walenta on KSN Channel 3 tonight at 5 pm &/or 6 pm during their RoadTrip series.

Watch for our Curator Suzanne Walenta on KSN Channel 3 tonight at 5 pm &/or 6 pm during their RoadTrip series.

Tonight’s the night for the second episode of Kansas Crossroads to be released on KPTS Channel 8.1 the PBS affiliate out...
07/15/2021

Tonight’s the night for the second episode of Kansas Crossroads to be released on KPTS Channel 8.1 the PBS affiliate out of Wichita. Tune in to watch the history of Douglass, Kansas hosted by our own history Consultant Ken Spurgeon and Curator Suzanne Walenta at 8:00 pm. Catch the Douglass episode again tomorrow at noon, Friday, July 16th and at 3:00 pm Sunday on PBS Explore 8.1. Join us each week for a new half hour feature of communities across Butler County. You may have see our original YouTube Channel videos about the towns, enjoy the television version for longer more inclusive versions.

Tonight’s the night for the second episode of Kansas Crossroads to be released on KPTS Channel 8.1 the PBS affiliate out of Wichita. Tune in to watch the history of Douglass, Kansas hosted by our own history Consultant Ken Spurgeon and Curator Suzanne Walenta at 8:00 pm. Catch the Douglass episode again tomorrow at noon, Friday, July 16th and at 3:00 pm Sunday on PBS Explore 8.1. Join us each week for a new half hour feature of communities across Butler County. You may have see our original YouTube Channel videos about the towns, enjoy the television version for longer more inclusive versions.

How “cool” is it when HollyFrontier teams up with the Kansas Oil Museum? This cool! See you until 4:00 pm!
07/08/2021

How “cool” is it when HollyFrontier teams up with the Kansas Oil Museum? This cool! See you until 4:00 pm!

How “cool” is it when HollyFrontier teams up with the Kansas Oil Museum? This cool! See you until 4:00 pm!

Going on now! Come see us for all the free activities today!!
07/08/2021

Going on now! Come see us for all the free activities today!!

Join us for a fun and activity filled day on Thursday, July 8th, all sponsored in honor of El Dorado’s 150th Celebration by our friends at HollyFrontier!

See you Thursday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm for free admission to the Museum plus different STEM activities outside for chi...
07/08/2021

See you Thursday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm for free admission to the Museum plus different STEM activities outside for children throughout the day including; hands on experiments with HollyFrontier Engineers & Engineering Interns, Living History in Historic Buildings & Boom Town, Demonstrations of & Presentations about Vintage Oil & Nitroglycerin Equipment.

Join us for a fun and activity filled day on Thursday, July 8th, all sponsored in honor of El Dorado’s 150th Celebration by our friends at HollyFrontier!

07/07/2021
Kansas Crossroads - Butler County Promo

The countdown to the first episode of Kansas Crossroads - Butler County has begun. Join us tomorrow (Thursday) night at 8pm on KPTS channel 8.1 with a follow up airing at noon on Friday and 3pm Sunday on 8.2 PBS Explore.
Livestream is available at watch.kpts.org/livestream as well as PBS Passport through the PBS Kansas website.

There is still time to help create a website celebrating El Dorado's 150 years. Give one of the three scanning locations...
07/07/2021

There is still time to help create a website celebrating El Dorado's 150 years. Give one of the three scanning locations a call and make an appointment today!

There is still time to help create a website celebrating El Dorado's 150 years. Give one of the three scanning locations a call and make an appointment today!

Join us for a fun and activity filled day on Thursday, July 8th, all sponsored in honor of El Dorado’s 150th Celebration...
07/04/2021

Join us for a fun and activity filled day on Thursday, July 8th, all sponsored in honor of El Dorado’s 150th Celebration by our friends at HollyFrontier!

Join us for a fun and activity filled day on Thursday, July 8th, all sponsored in honor of El Dorado’s 150th Celebration by our friends at HollyFrontier!

Tonight is the last installment of the Rural Crossroads series, the story of Leon. A big thank you for joining us on thi...
06/30/2021
Rural Crossroads: The Story of Leon

Tonight is the last installment of the Rural Crossroads series, the story of Leon. A big thank you for joining us on this journey. We appreciate you!

The team from Community National Bank & Trust in El Dorado stopped by the Museum to take a picture with Board Vice Presi...
06/19/2021

The team from Community National Bank & Trust in El Dorado stopped by the Museum to take a picture with Board Vice President Tim Myers in front of the Museum’s new electronic sign. Their generous donation helped the Museum purchase the new sign shown. Stay current with Museum events by watching our sign or here on Facebook.

The team from Community National Bank & Trust in El Dorado stopped by the Museum to take a picture with Board Vice President Tim Myers in front of the Museum’s new electronic sign. Their generous donation helped the Museum purchase the new sign shown. Stay current with Museum events by watching our sign or here on Facebook.

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Bradford Memorial Library and Butler Community College Libraries ...
06/02/2021

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Bradford Memorial Library and Butler Community College Libraries to offer you an opportunity to participate in the “My El Dorado” 150th Celebration Project! The attached flyer has more details or call the Museum at 316/321-9333!

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Bradford Memorial Library and Butler Community College Libraries to offer you an opportunity to participate in the “My El Dorado” 150th Celebration Project! The attached flyer has more details or call the Museum at 316/321-9333!

Join us this evening as we present our newest segment in Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces and Places of Butler Count...
06/01/2021
Rural Crossroads: The Story of Andover

Join us this evening as we present our newest segment in Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces and Places of Butler County highlighting the history of what is now Andover, Kansas.

Sit back, relax, learn, and enjoy the Rural Crossroads of Butler County.

What we now know and commemorate as Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day. This special day was created on May 5...
05/31/2021

What we now know and commemorate as Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day. This special day was created on May 5, 1868, by the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union Veterans).

Shown here is a a photo of Decoration Day recognition in Potwin, Kansas here in Butler County in 1912. The older men in the photo are Union Veterans.

What we now know and commemorate as Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day. This special day was created on May 5, 1868, by the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union Veterans).

Shown here is a a photo of Decoration Day recognition in Potwin, Kansas here in Butler County in 1912. The older men in the photo are Union Veterans.

Thank you for all of the concern from those of you who reached out today. We were very fortunate that the damage we sust...
05/27/2021

Thank you for all of the concern from those of you who reached out today. We were very fortunate that the damage we sustained in last night’s storm was not any worse. We will miss the shade of this large tree but glad it fell towards sturdy pumping units & a fixable fence versus our historic Oil Boom Town! We are now awaiting the tree crew to come & clean it up. Until all hazards are removed the outside areas will be closed to the public. The inside exhibits are open and a perfect location to spend a rainy day. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. We anticipate the grounds opening tomorrow as well. 316/321-9333.

Do you love scavenger hunts? Come down to Rockfest 2021 & enjoy one today!
05/22/2021

Do you love scavenger hunts? Come down to Rockfest 2021 & enjoy one today!

Do you love scavenger hunts? Come down to Rockfest 2021 & enjoy one today!

You have to see what Warren Martin & Cynthia Clugston brought down today to Rockfest 2021! Come on down & enjoy!
05/22/2021

You have to see what Warren Martin & Cynthia Clugston brought down today to Rockfest 2021! Come on down & enjoy!

You have to see what Warren Martin & Cynthia Clugston brought down today to Rockfest 2021! Come on down & enjoy!

Rockfest 2021 is underway! Check out what’s inside a Geode with a Geologist! Just one of our free special features today...
05/22/2021

Rockfest 2021 is underway! Check out what’s inside a Geode with a Geologist! Just one of our free special features today! 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

We have so many special activities tomorrow during Rockfest, we've had to add on to our map!Special Rockfest 2021 Activi...
05/21/2021

We have so many special activities tomorrow during Rockfest, we've had to add on to our map!
Special Rockfest 2021 Activities
(In Addition to All the Great Sites to See & Explore Regularly at the Museum!)
1. Dino Dig – Dig as often as you like. Keep 1 Dinosaur.
2. Glow in the Dark Rocks – Inside the Historic Fosters School House
3. New Family Picnic Area – Dedication at 11:00 am
4. Family Yoga at 11:00 am – Register & Participate to be Entered to Win a Free FitBit Sponsored by HumanitiesKansas. Family Yoga will be moved inside if it begins to rain.
5. Sluicing for Gem Stones
6. Living History in our 1920’s Oil Boom Town
7. Make Your Own Pet Rock
8. Find Out About Fossils
9. Vendor Area
10. Kansas Strong – Mobile Energy Education Truck – Hands on STEM Education on wheels
11. Vintage Vehicles
12. Nitroglycerin in the Oilfields Presentations & Original Nitro Truck
13. Exploring Geodes with a Geologist – 1st Geode is free.
14. Scavenger Hunt Station
15. Misfit_Kitchen Food Truck
16. Museum Opens to the Public - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm – Admission applies
17. Lease House – 1920’s Living History of Life in an Oil Lease House
18. Vintage Oil Equipment Tour
19. Vintage Oil Equipment Tour
20. Vintage Oil Equipment Demonstrations
See you tomorrow 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado, KS. And it's All FREE!

We have so many special activities tomorrow during Rockfest, we've had to add on to our map!
Special Rockfest 2021 Activities
(In Addition to All the Great Sites to See & Explore Regularly at the Museum!)
1. Dino Dig – Dig as often as you like. Keep 1 Dinosaur.
2. Glow in the Dark Rocks – Inside the Historic Fosters School House
3. New Family Picnic Area – Dedication at 11:00 am
4. Family Yoga at 11:00 am – Register & Participate to be Entered to Win a Free FitBit Sponsored by HumanitiesKansas. Family Yoga will be moved inside if it begins to rain.
5. Sluicing for Gem Stones
6. Living History in our 1920’s Oil Boom Town
7. Make Your Own Pet Rock
8. Find Out About Fossils
9. Vendor Area
10. Kansas Strong – Mobile Energy Education Truck – Hands on STEM Education on wheels
11. Vintage Vehicles
12. Nitroglycerin in the Oilfields Presentations & Original Nitro Truck
13. Exploring Geodes with a Geologist – 1st Geode is free.
14. Scavenger Hunt Station
15. Misfit_Kitchen Food Truck
16. Museum Opens to the Public - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm – Admission applies
17. Lease House – 1920’s Living History of Life in an Oil Lease House
18. Vintage Oil Equipment Tour
19. Vintage Oil Equipment Tour
20. Vintage Oil Equipment Demonstrations
See you tomorrow 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado, KS. And it's All FREE!

05/20/2021

We hope you enjoy our latest installment of Rural Crossroads. Tonight, we tell the story of Beaumont. Like our Facebook and YouTube page and in two weeks, the Rural Crossroads of Andover.

Thanks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGkY7-l91Q

Are you excited for Saturday’s Rockfest? We are! Here’s a vendor highlight to give you a sneak peek!The fun is all free ...
05/20/2021

Are you excited for Saturday’s Rockfest? We are! Here’s a vendor highlight to give you a sneak peek!
The fun is all free to come & enjoy & begins at 10:00 am.

Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces & Places of Butler County Highlighting Beaumont will be released Thursday, May 20, ...
05/18/2021

Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces & Places of Butler County Highlighting Beaumont will be released Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm right here on our page and our YouTube channel.

Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces & Places of Butler County Highlighting Beaumont will be released Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm right here on our page and our YouTube channel.

We are so excited to have Misfit_Kitchen Food Truck coming to Rockfest on Saturday! The only question is, why isn’t it S...
05/18/2021

We are so excited to have Misfit_Kitchen Food Truck coming to Rockfest on Saturday! The only question is, why isn’t it Saturday right now so they could be in the parking lot right now?!? Can’t wait!

Lots of good stuff going on this weekend Misfits! Be sure to bring the kids out to Butler County Historical Society Home of the Kansas Oil Museum for a “Rocking” good time (see what we did there😜) There is going to be lots of free fun events for the family! We will be on location selling your favorite Misfit Favorites!

HumanitiesKansas is giving away a free FitBit to one lucky winner at Family Yoga at Rockfest 2021!Giveaway Rules1. Atten...
05/14/2021

HumanitiesKansas is giving away a free FitBit to one lucky winner at Family Yoga at Rockfest 2021!

Giveaway Rules
1. Attend the free and open to the public Rockfest 2021 event at the Kansas Oil Museum in May, 22, 2021.
2. One entry per individual.
3. Eligible participants must register on site at the Museum the day of the event to participate. By registering for the event participants agree to receive emails from HumanitiesKansas.
4. Participate in the Family Yoga Class.
5. Be present at the drawing following the yoga class to win the Fitbit.
6. The winner will be determined by a random drawing.

HumanitiesKansas is giving away a free FitBit to one lucky winner at Family Yoga at Rockfest 2021!

Giveaway Rules
1. Attend the free and open to the public Rockfest 2021 event at the Kansas Oil Museum in May, 22, 2021.
2. One entry per individual.
3. Eligible participants must register on site at the Museum the day of the event to participate. By registering for the event participants agree to receive emails from HumanitiesKansas.
4. Participate in the Family Yoga Class.
5. Be present at the drawing following the yoga class to win the Fitbit.
6. The winner will be determined by a random drawing.

Mark your calendars for May 22 10:00 am - 12:00 noon for Rockfest!Have you ever wondered about the early days of Oil Dri...
05/13/2021
John Schuster discusses the use of Nitroglycerine in the Oil industry

Mark your calendars for May 22 10:00 am - 12:00 noon for Rockfest!
Have you ever wondered about the early days of Oil Drilling in Butler County and central Kansas? Wonder no more! Come for demonstrations of vintage oil equipment with Dale Wilson and hear about using nitroglycerin in the oil fields with John Schuster.
It’s all free for families! See you then!

We are excited to announce that Kansas Strong is bringing their incredible Museum Truck to our Rockfest on May 22! Come ...
05/07/2021

We are excited to announce that Kansas Strong is bringing their incredible Museum Truck to our Rockfest on May 22! Come explore it for free 10:00 am-m - 12:00 noon at the Museum, 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado.

We are excited to announce that Kansas Strong is bringing their incredible Museum Truck to our Rockfest on May 22! Come explore it for free 10:00 am-m - 12:00 noon at the Museum, 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado.

05/04/2021

We hope you enjoy our latest episode of Rural Crossroads of Butler County. Tonight, we explore the story of Latham, Kansas.

Our episodes are a window into these communities. To read or learn a more full story, come to our museum and research further. We're glad to have the opportunity to share the history of Butler County. Thanks for your support!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poRujX-tETk

Set your alarm for 7:00 pm to join us for the latest release in our Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces and Places of B...
04/20/2021

Set your alarm for 7:00 pm to join us for the latest release in our Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces and Places of Butler County Series. Tonight the community of Whitewater is highlighted. Join us here on our page or our YouTube channel.
Thank you for helping our series grow in popularity with all your kind words, shares, follows, and YouTube subscriptions! We truly appreciate you all!

Set your alarm for 7:00 pm to join us for the latest release in our Rural Crossroads; The Changing Faces and Places of Butler County Series. Tonight the community of Whitewater is highlighted. Join us here on our page or our YouTube channel.
Thank you for helping our series grow in popularity with all your kind words, shares, follows, and YouTube subscriptions! We truly appreciate you all!

We are working on a free outdoor family friendly event called, “Rockfest” the morning of Saturday, May 22 at the Museum....
04/13/2021

We are working on a free outdoor family friendly event called, “Rockfest” the morning of Saturday, May 22 at the Museum. There will be events for children celebrating learning about geology & oil plus a wide variety of other events. (Keep watching for more!)
We are looking for vendors to add to the fun. The “rules” are simple.
There’s no fee to participate, but advance reservations are required.
Items sold are Family Friendly.
You must have your own table (& tent if you want one).
Electricity is available for a $10 donation with advance notice & you supply your own cord.
We will have several Gift Baskets and Raffle Items as fundraisers if you would like to help us by participating.
Please share you will be at “Rockfest” on social media, with friends & family to help us promote the outdoor event.
Come ready to have fun!
Are you excited? Call 316/321-9333 for more information or message us here!

We are working on a free outdoor family friendly event called, “Rockfest” the morning of Saturday, May 22 at the Museum. There will be events for children celebrating learning about geology & oil plus a wide variety of other events. (Keep watching for more!)
We are looking for vendors to add to the fun. The “rules” are simple.
There’s no fee to participate, but advance reservations are required.
Items sold are Family Friendly.
You must have your own table (& tent if you want one).
Electricity is available for a $10 donation with advance notice & you supply your own cord.
We will have several Gift Baskets and Raffle Items as fundraisers if you would like to help us by participating.
Please share you will be at “Rockfest” on social media, with friends & family to help us promote the outdoor event.
Come ready to have fun!
Are you excited? Call 316/321-9333 for more information or message us here!

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383 E Central Ave
El Dorado, KS
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Hello. Some of us from the History of El Dorado FB page were wondering if the museum knows where the El Dorado Times photo archives ended up? Do you have them? We hope they are safe and preserved! Thank you for any information you can provide.
Does anyone know the location of the Cherokee Trail in the area of the Brownlow cemetery? The original GLO Survey shows the trail taking a small semi-circle, which I assumed to be around that knoll, but looking at the maps closer, it seems it might be north of there?
Thanks for a great time today!
Free program for children who struggle to read. Registration ends 5/31. Please share.
Great glow-in-the-dark tee-shirts. Exclusive only to the Kansas Oil Museum.
What an amazing place with a staff that really cares about their mission. We need more treasures like this museum! I for one plan to do everything I can to help them, especially with their fantastic photographic archive- bringing it to life so that those that are still alive can see and comment on the images for future generations. Without an understanding of history what hope is there for future generations to know what to do in the future? If you don't know where you are going, any path takes you there.