Orin Friesen Shares History of Music in Kansas

The Kansas Oil Museum will hold the final presentation in their Summer Speaker Series “The History of Music in Kansas”  by Orin Friesen. 

Orin Friesen

This lecture will explore the rich history of music in Kansas and highlight songs and performers from the early days of the state up to the present time. 

After the lecture, the last “Concert on the Green” will feature Orin Friesen and the Diamond W Wranglers.  An ice cream social will be held prior to the concert and food trucks will be on hand. 

Call ahead or purchase tickets at the door: $10 admission for members, $15 for non-members.



Kansas Oil Museum Hosts Butler County Commissioners

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.

Board of Butler County Commissioners joined the Kansas Oil Museum Board of Directors for a luncheon prior to learn about the services the museum provides.

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.


County Administrator Will Johnson and Commissioner Mike Wheeler, along with Kansas Oil Museum Board members, viewing the Museum’s  Collections.


Will Johnson, County Administrator, noted the most important aspect of the Museum is the historical document and artifact preservation.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.


Commissoner Jeff Masterson and Assistant County Administrator, Ryan Adkison, with Kansas Oil Museum’s Board President Tamra Johnson.  




Learn to Find A Grave at Genealogy Society Meeting

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

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.