Kansas Oil Museum

Kansas Oil Museum 100 Years of History on 10 Acres!
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The rich history of Butler County and El Dorado come alive at the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. 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 oldest log cabin in the county, a garage full of early 20th century automobiles, and stately representations of our beautiful state tree, the Cottonwood. Indoors, our main gallery boasts a stunning exhibition on the Flint Hills, Butler County history, and oil development. The Rolla A. Clymer Research Library serves as a valuable research tool for anyone looking for more information about family, local, or state history. A small admission is charged to see the museum. Our museum is wheelchair accessible, although some outdoor buildings are not.

Fun Fact Friday! Mark your calendars to visit the KOM Victory Garden in Spring of 2021! If you are interested in startin...
05/15/2020

Fun Fact Friday!

Mark your calendars to visit the KOM Victory Garden in Spring of 2021!

If you are interested in starting your own garden but don't know where to start, check out this Youtube Video on regrowing food from home: https://youtu.be/Jze8utzpLhg

Do you have memories of Victory Gardens, or have you started one? Please comment below with pictures!

#kansashistory #MuseumWeek2020 #butlercounty #kansasoilmuseum

What is it Wednesday?Where the West Begins! This cute poem is located on an object somewhere in our Boom Town. What is t...
05/13/2020

What is it Wednesday?

Where the West Begins! This cute poem is located on an object somewhere in our Boom Town. What is the poem printed on? And what building is it located in?

#kansashistory #midwest #kansasoilmuseum #WhatIsItWednesday #MuseumWeek2020

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of pro...
05/10/2020

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving

Happy Mother's Day!

Fun Fact Friday! This will be our new, weekly post to share more about our museum, the history of Butler County, and oil...
05/08/2020

Fun Fact Friday! This will be our new, weekly post to share more about our museum, the history of Butler County, and oil refineries. Our first fun fact is about the railroad tank car that we have here at the Kansas Oil Museum.

#FunFactFriday

What is it Wednesday At first glance the item is recognizable, but why is it in the Museum? What room is it located in a...
05/07/2020

What is it Wednesday
At first glance the item is recognizable, but why is it in the Museum? What room is it located in at the Museum? Why is it significant to this area?
Looking forward to your comments!

There are several ways you can support the Kansas Oil Museum through routine activities!Dillons Community Rewards allows...
05/05/2020

There are several ways you can support the Kansas Oil Museum through routine activities!

Dillons Community Rewards allows you to support us when you shop at Dillons using your Plus Shopper's Card. Simply create a digital account on the Dillons website and link it to your Shopper's Card, search for our organization using the NPO #38780, and then shop! Visit http://www.kansasoilmuseum.org/donations for more details.

#givingtuesday #kansas #eldorado #kansasoilmuseum #kansasoil #oil #supportlocal #onlyinkansas #butlercountyks

Call for Photos!The Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum is currently working on gathering photos for our ...
05/02/2020

Call for Photos!
The Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum is currently working on gathering photos for our Smithsonian/Humanities Kansas exhibit opening in late fall. Please help us by scanning & emailing us ([email protected]) both old and current photos highlighting Butler Country’s Changing Faces & Places.
Please remember, stay safe & follow all health protocols!
The only information written on this photo is “Ervin Merle Griffith El Dorado, Kansas”. It’s a great example of early Firefighting.
Do you have photos highlighting occupations or locations “then or now”? Please scan and share with us by email! Exhibit guidelines are posted here on Facebook.

Would you like to share your history of Butler County with our Smithsonian Project?The Butler County Historical Society/...
04/30/2020

Would you like to share your history of Butler County with our Smithsonian Project?

The Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum wants YOU to become a part of this local piece of “Crossroads: The Changing Faces and Places if Butler County”.

The Museum needs your help to create an exhibit that entwines the past and the present in Butler County. You and your family can help us tell the story of who we are and why we are so special!

Here is how you participate:
1. Search through your boxes of photos for images of Butler County’s past: (1850’s - 2018) Topics include, but are not limited to: specific & identifiable buildings; streets; roads; places; events; activities; etc. then either replicate that scene or take a current photo of the same topic.
2. Scan those photos (400 DPI minimum recommended) & send them to [email protected]. To be considered for use, the photos must be accompanied by your signed permission form that the Museum may use the image (this form to be on the KansasOilMuseum.org website May 1, 2020) & any pertinent information you have regrading the photo. Information such as location, what it is, who, if any, the people, when it was taken, & who took the photo. Not all information may be known, but more information strengthens the exhibit.
3. Two areas of specific interest are Butler County towns no longer in existence and Farms & Ranches in Butler County. These photos may be uses in this exhibit or an upcoming one in 2021.
4. Photograph, scan & submit current photos aligning to the older photos that have been shared. The Museum does not approve of any unsafe or illegal acts to stage such photos.; likewise, we will accept no liability for any unsafe or illegal acts committed. Photos must be submitted by July 31, 2020 to be considered for use in the Crossroads Project.
5. All photos old and new must be of Butler County People, Places, Activities, or Events.
6. No monetary compensation will be given for the scans of these photos. The Museum will acknowledge the proper parties based on information provided in the signed permission forms.
7. Volunteers are needed to assist with the data entry and cataloging portion of this project. Please indicate your interest by emailing [email protected].
8. Please share this information with others!
9. Come, enjoy the exhibit currently scheduled to open late Fall 2020 at the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E Central, El Dorado, KS 67042.
10. Help share the wonder of Butler County as a copy of this exhibit information will be submitted to the Smithsonian Institute and another will remain on display here at the Museum for all to enjoy!

What is it Wednesday This might be something that stumps everyone or something that’s easily identifiable. It’s definite...
04/29/2020

What is it Wednesday
This might be something that stumps everyone or something that’s easily identifiable. It’s definitely an interesting piece!
Please share your thoughts!

What is it Wednesday Who knows where this building is and what were the original plans?
04/23/2020

What is it Wednesday
Who knows where this building is and what were the original plans?

“What is Wednesday” might just be “That’s Cool Thursday” this week!Pictured here is something on the ground of the Butle...
04/02/2020

“What is Wednesday” might just be “That’s Cool Thursday” this week!
Pictured here is something on the ground of the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum. Who can tell us: What it is, how old it is, & what it was used for in relation to our collection?

During these challenging times, the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum is taking action to promote publi...
03/31/2020

During these challenging times, the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum is taking action to promote public safety. While our exhibits and research library are closed, please visit KansasOilMuseum.com as we are working on revamping and updating our site. Also, please continue to follow us here on Facebook.
We are joined by our famous Bison sculpture modeling a medical mask here at the Museum encouraging everyone to stay safe and healthy! We look forward to your visits when we are able to reopen!

The answer to “What is Wednesday” is.....drumroll please!Wulfenite!“Wulfenite is a favorite among mineral collectors. It...
03/27/2020

The answer to “What is Wednesday” is.....drumroll please!
Wulfenite!
“Wulfenite is a favorite among mineral collectors. It forms outstanding crystals and aggregates in a vibrant color that few minerals can match. Wulfenite forms a series with the rarer mineral Stolzite, which contains tungsten in place of the molybdenum. Wulfenite is named in honor of Austrian mineralogist Franz Xavier von Wulfen (1728-1805).”
Thank you for
Playing along! What for
Next Wednesday’s post!

“What is it Wednesday”
This week we are saluting the geology in our collections. In person the “gold” flecks really sparkle!
What is this gorgeous natural rock? Who can tell us your ideas?
We will share what our collection information has about it later this week.

“What is it Wednesday”This week we are saluting the geology in our collections. In person the “gold” flecks really spark...
03/25/2020

“What is it Wednesday”
This week we are saluting the geology in our collections. In person the “gold” flecks really sparkle!
What is this gorgeous natural rock? Who can tell us your ideas?
We will share what our collection information has about it later this week.

It takes just a minute to figure out, but follow this link to listen to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls...
03/19/2020
Little House in the Big Woods Audiobook Free Online Streaming

It takes just a minute to figure out, but follow this link to listen to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder for free. Perfect rainy day listening for all ages!

Listen to and download Little House in the Big Woods Audiobook written by Laura Ingalls Wilder without annoying advertising.

Kicking off our new weekly series, “What is it Wednesday” are pictures of the mysterious quilt blocks that were received...
03/18/2020

Kicking off our new weekly series, “What is it Wednesday” are pictures of the mysterious quilt blocks that were received here at the Museum with only the note that they were El Dorado women. No year, club, church, event indicated and no name, address or contact information of who sent them to us. Please help us solve this mystery! Share any tips you might have that could be useful in tracking the information needed at actually accession these items into the museum collections. Without more information they cannot be accessioned. Thank you!

Kansas Oil Museum's cover photo
03/17/2020

Kansas Oil Museum's cover photo

We are taking active steps to to keep our Volunteers, Guests & Staff safe and healthy so have temporarily closed the Mus...
03/17/2020

We are taking active steps to to keep our Volunteers, Guests & Staff safe and healthy so have temporarily closed the Museum to the public. We will still be able to assist you by phone 316/321-9333 & email [email protected]. Keep watching for some fun we have planned through Facebook!

03/17/2020
Victorian Tea Time

Top o’the morning to ya!
Here’s a bit of St Patrick’s Day charm!

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Now there’s something to think about!
03/17/2020

Now there’s something to think about!

Perfect way to keep your distance! They were smart!
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We love our Volunteers, value our Members, enjoy our Guests, get inspired with our Researchers, and appreciate our Staff...
03/17/2020

We love our Volunteers, value our Members, enjoy our Guests, get inspired with our Researchers, and appreciate our Staff!
Because we are surrounded by great people, we want them to be surrounded by the safest possible environment. In an effort to help keep all the people we treasure healthy, we have opted to close to the public through March 31, 2020 due to COVID-19. We will reevaluate at that point.
We will miss seeing you face to face, but will assist with your questions via email at [email protected] & phone (316)321-9333.
Watch for information, pictures, upcoming events & more from us here on Facebook!
Thank you for your patronage and support of your Museum!

03/12/2020

Please help us in solving a mystery!
A box of vintage quilt blocks was received at the Museum with no information as to date, what they were made for (special event possibly), or even who sent them. Without that information we cannot accurately accession them into the Museum as there is not a complete tracking of the gift. Please help us gather this information.
There was a note stating the quilt squares were made by El Dorado women. That’s all we have. There was no return address, but we do know the box was postmarked to mail in 67060 (Haysville).
Your assistance is appreciated. 316/321-9333 Thank you!

Please join us as we participate in National Free Museum Day on April 4th, 2020!
03/08/2020

Please join us as we participate in National Free Museum Day on April 4th, 2020!

See you tomorrow night at 7:00 pm!
03/04/2020

See you tomorrow night at 7:00 pm!

It’s Women’s Month! 👩🏻‍🎨👩🏿‍🚀👩🏽‍⚖️👩🏼‍🍳👩🏾‍🔬

✨ Today, I’ve been invited to speak on the Innovative Intellectuals panel at Wichita State University! The panel starts at 5pm in the John Bardo Center and is free to attend, so swing on by and say hi!

✨ Thursday evening, I’ll be giving a talk at the Kansas Oil Museum about Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!, and my book, “Innovators: women in history who have made positive contributions to STEAM.” If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, you can get one at the event, or by visiting letsgofullSTEAMahead.com

✨ The Raffle for the hand-crafted, one of a kind, “Sunflower Clutch” closes on FRIDAY! Get your $20 ticket NOW ➡️ https://bit.ly/32NYLdi ⬅️! You won’t want to miss out on this adorable and unique piece, or on the fundraiser to help me get to Miss Kansas!

Stay tuned for some more exciting announcements about Women’s Month, and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to!

Here are some fun Leap Day facts. Another fun fact, Members save 29% on all Gusher Gift Shoppe purchases today only! Com...
02/29/2020

Here are some fun Leap Day facts. Another fun fact, Members save 29% on all Gusher Gift Shoppe purchases today only! Come in & see us Noon - 5:00 pm today!

02/22/2020
Butler County Genealogical Society

Join us at the Museum each month for the Genealogy Club meetings! They are free & open to the public and a great way to learn & share!

The Butler County Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of each month, during the school year, from 6-8pm at the Kansas Oil Museum.

02/20/2020
Butler County Genealogical Society

The February Genealogy Club Meeting is at 6:00 pm this evening. It is free & open to the public at the Museum, 383 E Central Avenue, El Dorado.
Tonight’s topic is DNA. See you there!

Our February genealogy meeting is for next Thursday, 2/20 at 6PM. We hope the weather is good this time. Topic is still over DNA. Hope to see you next Thursday.

The incredible cast & crew from last night’s “Love Triangle Murder” Mystery Play! Thank you one & all!
02/09/2020

The incredible cast & crew from last night’s “Love Triangle Murder” Mystery Play! Thank you one & all!

Thank you!Thank you to Linda Sanders for researching & writing “Love Triangle Murder” Mystery. Thank you to the 8 actors...
02/09/2020

Thank you!
Thank you to Linda Sanders for researching & writing “Love Triangle Murder” Mystery. Thank you to the 8 actors that made the play set in 1900 come to life! Thank you to those who helped with costumes & props. Thank you to those that helped with refreshments. Thank you to the businesses that donated items to the Silent Auction. Thank you to the wonderful sell out crowd that listened, laughed, became invested, & served as the jury for the 120 year old trial re-enactment. Thank you to the nearly 30 people for being gracious when were turned away because we were sold out. Thank you each & everyone for making of 1st Play of the Past a huge success!

Come in and pick up your copy! Your purchase also donates a copy!
02/08/2020

Come in and pick up your copy! Your purchase also donates a copy!

🎉 IT’S OFFICIAL! 🎉

Thanks to a partnership with the Kansas Oil Museum, you can purchase a copy of my book, Innovators, at the Gusher Gift Shoppe inside the museum!

For every book purchased, one is donated to a school or community library. Pick up your copy, today!

How many of you love Laura Ingalls Wilder? Please share your favorite L.I.W. title in the comments!
02/07/2020

How many of you love Laura Ingalls Wilder? Please share your favorite L.I.W. title in the comments!

Happy 153rd birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder! On February 7, 1867, Laura was born in the big woods of Wisconsin to Charles and Caroline Ingalls.

With all this talk about winning teams, we are pleased to announce an opportunity to join our team at the Museum!The New...
02/04/2020

With all this talk about winning teams, we are pleased to announce an opportunity to join our team at the Museum!

The New Position will assist Guests in the Gusher Gift Shoppe, the Research Library & with our Events including Special Museum Events & Facility Rentals!

Min 20 hrs, Saturdays required
9:30am-4:30pm & as needed
Organized, dependable, phone, communication, & office skills are required.
Works with our great Public & Members.

Send Resumes to:
383 E Central Avenue
El Dorado, KS 67042
or Email to:
[email protected]

No phone calls about the position please! Send your resume & we will call you for an interview time!

With all the talk of winning teams, we are excited to announce the Museum is adding to our team!The New Position will as...
02/04/2020

With all the talk of winning teams, we are excited to announce the Museum is adding to our team!

The New Position will assist Guests in the Gusher Gift Shoppe, the Research Library, & with Events!

Min 20 hrs, Saturdays required
9:30am-4:30pm & as needed
Organized, dependable, phone, communication, & office skills required.
Works with the public including our great Members!

Send Resumes to:
383 E Central Avenue
El Dorado, KS 67042
or Email to:
[email protected]
No calls please!

Are you looking for a unique gift for your Valentine? Cometo the Gusher Gift Shoppe in the Museum! Not only do we have i...
02/04/2020

Are you looking for a unique gift for your Valentine? Come
to the Gusher Gift Shoppe in the Museum! Not only do we have items celebrating Butler County, the Oil Industry, Science Items for Kids, Apparel, a large range of Books about Local Topics & by Local Authors, this Saturday from Noon - 5:00 pm we will have a Silent Auction of great gifts for your Valentine! Give something you’ll feel great about giving & helps our local nonprofit Museum!
Just a few of the items so far include:
Basket of locally made Jellies by Bullseye Farms (pictured),
Western Artwork, Hog Wild Gift Certificates, Farm to Fork Tour & Dinner Tickets for 2, Gift from Walter’s Flowers, Gift Certificate from Kelly’s Etc, Wine Tasting for 10 at Grace Hill Winery, Oil themed Baby Gifts (pictured), & MORE! Remember, these items are available for bidding starting at noon on Saturday, February 8th at the Museum located at 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado. The Gusher Gift Shop for other items opens today at 10:00 am! See you soon!

Full Steam Ahead!Read about our March 4th Speaker, Sierra Bonn! We are excited to announce we will be carrying her new b...
01/31/2020
Student’s book encourages young girls to pursue their ambitions

Full Steam Ahead!
Read about our March 4th Speaker, Sierra Bonn! We are excited to announce we will be carrying her new book in the Gusher Gift Shoppe!
Make plans to attend the March 5th 7:00 pm event!

In July 2018, Sierra Marie Bonn chose to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant. When asked about her platform, Bonn, now a Wichita State senior, immediately thought of her passion: empowering young women to pursue careers in STEAM. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematic...

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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.