The Board of Butler County Commissioners were invited to a luncheon hosted by the Kansas Oil Museum. The purpose of the luncheon, in addition to a great meal provided by Pear Tree Catering, was to provide education on the services provided by the museum.
In addition to being the regional repository of historical documentation, the museum is the perfect size and location to host events. From club meetings to weddings and family reunions, the museum hosts a variety of gatherings.
Among its services to the community, the museum provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged children so they may participate in the museum’s fun and educational activities.
Will Johnson, County Administrator, noted the most important aspect of the Museum is the historical document and artifact preservation. The museum has always been a great partner like the centennial during 2007-2008. A couple of years ago, Commissioner Wheeler brought a book to the museum which listed all the Butler County Commissioners from 1895 up until that time.
Executive Director Tiya Tonn thanked them for their continuing support of the museum and asked what other services the museum could provide. Additionally, she mentioned the need for increased funds. She recognized the consistent and generous annual gift by the Board of Butler County Commissioners but also noted that while the amount has not increased, expenses have.
After the luncheon, the Commissioners were given a tour of the exhibits and collections.
The public is invited to attend the Coutts Kid’s Club “Winter Wonderland” exhibit and reception which will be held on December 1st and open to the public during El Dorado Main Street’s Old Fashion Christmas.
The Coutts Kid’s Club is an after school program for children in 4th and 5th grades. Students are bussed to the museum for the program which runs from 3:45pm-6pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and held in the Coutts Museum Classroom.
In addition to creating art, the members of this session of the Coutts Kid’s Club have been using critical thinking and design skills to learn how to best display their art.
Coutts Kid’s Club is staffed by volunteers, two of whom are retired art teachers and is funded in part from a matching grant through Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC).
To learn more about the next session of Coutts Kid’s Club, or the “Winter Wonderland” Exhibition, contact Coutts Museum at (316) 321-1212.
If you are unfamiliar with the genealogy process, or you are just starting out and require more assistance, there is free help available.
The Butler County Genealogical Society, held the third Thursday of each month, September to May, will host this month’s meeting on Thursday, Sept 20, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kansas Oil Museum. These meetings are free and open to the public.
The September meeting will discuss how to locate ancestors through the new Find A Grave website, as well as many other websites and resources. This first meeting will probably last less than an hour at the museum; then a hands-on activity is planned.
Attendees will carpool to local cemeteries in El Dorado and do some searching together. How to gather information from the headstones and the cemetery will be discussed.
In October, the topic of discussion will center around organizing your records and research. You will learn how to tame your digital and printed paperwork.
November’s topic centers on discovering ways to track your Civil War ancestor.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending the upcoming Butler County Genealogical Society meetings held at the Kansas Oil museum beginning this Thursday, Sept. 20th, and bring a friend.
Kansas Oil Museum Family Fun Day, with the theme of the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ to help kids learn about 1920’s culture and style, was held on Saturday, September 15th. The museum hosts the Free Family Fun Days for children of all ages and their families on the third Saturday of each month from 12-4p.
Ardath Lawson, Museum Curator develops the monthly program with games and learning activities that center around a different theme each month.
While regular admission rates still apply for touring the museum galleries, many of our free Fun Days showcase items from the museum collections for kids to look at and handle, providing a chance for unique hands-on encounters with history, nature, and science.
The next Free Family Fun Day at the Kansas Oil Museum is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th and the theme is “Spooky Spectacular” and will include Halloween and spooky things.
The ribbon cutting, hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, for the Coutts Museum of Art’s Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters. The official Grand Opening was held today with guest from the community in attendance as well as museum patrons.
The gift shop highlights works of art by local artisians as well as national artists with an El Dorado connection.
After exhibiting art at the museum, artists can choose to sell their art through the gift shop with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Captial Campaign.