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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042

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Temporary Exhibits

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now showing

santa’s workshop

december 2018

Every December the elves sneak into the Kansas Oil Museum to set up a workshop in our temporary exhibit gallery! Santa’s Workshop will open on December 1st, and for the whole month of December kids will be able to stop by the KOM at any time during regular hours to make a variety of Christmas crafts to take home or to give as gifts. While kids are busy as elves, adults can enjoy decorations and memorabilia from Christmases past.

Santa’s Workshop runs through December 29.


Past Exhibits

El Dorado: Old-School Summer/Fall 2018

This exhibit celebrated the rich history of El Dorado’s school system, at a time when beloved old school buildings were coming down and brand-new ones going up. Combining the KOM's own collections with materials on loan from El Dorado schools, the exhibit featured a rotation of different displays including yearbooks, class photos, sports uniforms, artwork, and much more.

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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