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El Dorado, KS 67042

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Temporary Exhibits

now showing

El Dorado: old-school

Summer 2018

The year ahead is bringing many changes to El Dorado’s schools, with old buildings coming down and new going up. But while our schools are looking toward the future of education, let’s not forget the past that has brought us here. Our summer exhibit “El Dorado: Old-School” seeks to remember and celebrate just that.  Revisit old landmarks, mascots, and traditions, from the days of the one-room schoolhouse to your own school days. Discover the  classrooms of yesterday in our collection of old school photographs.  Maybe you’ll even find yourself!

The exhibit will run through August 17th.


Past Exhibits

ABCedarian:                                             The Alphabetical Adventure!               winter/spring 2018

What’s an ABCedarian, you ask? The original word, spelled "abecedarian," was once commonly used to refer either to the very youngest learners in school — the ones just mastering their ABCs — or to the instructors or tools that taught them. In this case, the ABCedarian was an exhibit that pulled out a variety of different objects from our collection to illustrate each of the letters of the alphabet, leading visitors on a whimsical journey through Butler County history! 

"Made for Trade: The Commercial World of Early El Dorado"
summer 2017

This exhibit featured objects, photographs, and advertising from El Dorado's general stores and early businesses.  From the J.D. Conner cabin, the original Butler County trading post, up through the early years of the oil boom, come discover the history of the town's first business communities! Hitchcock's Department Store, the Logan Store, Kandy Kitchen, and Trombla's Jewelry are just a few of the many business establishments represented in our collection of photographs from the 1870s through the 1920s. Make it a part of your summer plans to stop by for a look!

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