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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042


Attend an Event

free family fun day: "BUILDING UP"

Saturday, AUGUST 19, noon-4pm

Enter the world of innovation and design with crafts and activities highlighting the world of construction and architecture.

twilight luncheon &                      eclipse viewing party

Monday, AUGUST 21, 11:30am-1:30pm

Join us out in the Kansas Oil Museum's beautiful boomtown to view and celebrate the Great American Eclipse --  the contiguous U.S.'s first solar eclipse since 1979, and one of the few to be visible from land only in North America!

The viewing event will start at 11:30am with a program exploring eclipses throughout history, including Native American legends and stories from El Dorado's local newspapers. Then at noon lines open up for a taco buffet under the big tent. At a little past 1:00pm the eclipse will reach about 95% totality, the maximum for this location.

If you can't make the trip out of town to plant yourself directly in the path of the full solar eclipse, this is the next best thing! Your next chance to view a full solar eclipse will come in 2024, but the best views then will be quite a bit further away, in south Texas and Mexico. So don't miss your chance to see this one without even leaving the county!

To RSVP or for for more information, call (316) 321-9333 or send an e-mail to

Go here to read more about Legends of the Eclipse.

trailblazers history symposium

Friday, september 22, 3:00-6:30pm

Come out to the museum for an afternoon of talks on the many historic trails that once guided hundreds of traders, settlers, cowboys, and other adventurous souls through Butler County on their way across the country. We will learn about the historic Cherokee Trail and its route through southeast Kansas, discover the old cattle trails that conducted untold numbers of livestock straight through the county, and hear about the life and exploits of cowboys out on the trail.

The symposium will feature a catered dinner at the museum and lots of opportunity to interact with our knowledgeable presenters. These include Brian Stucky of the Kansas Friends of the Cherokee Trail; Gary Kraisinger, author of The Western Cattle Trail and other books; and Jim Gray, author, promoter of cowboy heritage in Kansas, and executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame.

country heavy metal

saturday, september 23, 10am-2pm

Round up the whole family and head on out to the Kansas Oil Museum for our annual event celebrating the ranching, agriculture, and pioneer history of Butler County! More details to appear soon!



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