This Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit tells the story of Native Americans who served in the armed forces as "Code Talkers" in World War I and World War II.
All ages are invited to come and visit our large indoor exhibit hall and 10-acre outdoor area.
Indoors you will experience the story of:
The Kansas Flint Hills
Butler County, Kansas
The science of oil exploration and production
Outdoors, walk through and experience 10 acres of the early oil boom days:
Oil Field Equipment, restored and operated during special events and tours.
See how "black gold" was (and is) extracted from deep within the earth, using this massive and powerful equipment.
Historic Oil Boom Town, furnished as if the town's inhabitants had never moved on.
These oil boom towns operated as divisions of the oil companies, and were under the authority of company officials. Developed in response to oil strikes, these oil communities had their own stores, company offices, schools and entertainment.
MISSION: To preserve and interpret the history and culture of the peoplewho settled and developed Butler County, with emphasis on those industries key to the development of Butler County: Farming, ranching and Kansas oil.Through means of collections, exhibits, educational programs, and a research library, the museum will provide residents and visitors with historical perspectives to help foster a deeper appreciation and respect of our shared heritage.
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