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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042


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Butler County Genealogical Society Meeting

Thursday, May 17, 6-8pm

At this month's meeting, learn all about the online cemetery site Find out what it is, how it works, and how you can use it in your own family history research.

free family fun day: "wild things"

saturday, MAY 19, noon-4:00pm

Drop by the museum for crafts and activities for all ages, featuring the wild world of animals and the places they live!

For more information on Free Family Fun Days at the museum, go HERE.

kom lecture series #1:                   "Disaster! Fire, Storm, & Other Catastrophes on the Early Oilfields"

Thursday, May 24, 6:00pm
Speaker: Ardath Lawson

Life in the early oilfields was not for the faint of heart. This talk will explore the many hazards of this work, starting with the very first disasters at the very first oil wells in Pennsylvania, and highlighting some of the more infamous calamities in Butler County and surrounding areas from the 1910s through the early '20s. It concludes with a brief discussion of how these early disasters spurred advances in oilfield construction and technology along with changes in safety and first aid practices.

Tickets (single program): $15 member, $20 non-member

Full Lecture Series: $50 member, $90 non-member

This program is only the first in our historic lecture series running May through September! Read on to learn more about the full series and how you can sign up.

coming up in the 2018 kom          history lecture series

may - september

We are pleased to announce in the months ahead a series of historical lectures focusing on Butler County in the early 20th century. Pick your favorites to attend, or get a bargain and sign up for the full year!

2018 Lecture Series Schedule

Thu., May 24, 6:00pm: "Disaster! Fire, Storm, & Other Catastrophes on the Early Oilfields"

Sat., June 16, 6:00pm: "Soda Fountains in Kansas." Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Lecture is free to the public.

Thu., July 12, 6:00pm: "And Still We Rise: El Dorado's Black Heritage"

Thu., August 16, 6:00pm: "1918 Influenza Pandemic: The Illness That Shaped a World War"

Sat., September 29, 3:00pm: "Victory on a Sea of Oil: World War I & the El Dorado Oilfield"

Single Lecture: $15/member, $25/non-member
Or SAVE and register for a full year of programs!
Full Lecture Series: $50/member, $90/non-member

For ticket purchases call the museum at (316) 321-9333 or e-mail We can also take checks
to the Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E Central Ave, El Dorado, KS 67042. Or just stop by and sign up at the museum!

Energize! Energy Camp

Friday, June 29, 10am-3pm

Join KOM and partner Kansas Strong for a day camp exploring the past, present, and future of energy! Kids 8-12 years are invited to come out to the museum and learn where our energy comes from and what we use it for. From old-fashioned water and wind power to modern-day oil and rockets, we trace a path through history and chart a course to an exciting energy future!


 Join the Genealogy Club this month to learn about!

Join the Genealogy Club this month to learn about!

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Kansas Oil Museum
 Oilfield ablaze, Butler County, ca. 1920.

Oilfield ablaze, Butler County, ca. 1920.