Monday, October 7, 2013

T Stands For Museum and Treats

Today we're going back to the Butler County Museum some of you may remember from a couple of Sundays ago.  For this post, I saved the photos in their nearly original state, hoping my blog doesn't blow up as a result.

Let's start at the gate and enjoy a few of the examples of oil riggings.

Some of you may live near oil fields and oil equipment,

while others may have never seen the equipment that is used to pump crude oil from the ground.

My first love is science, and I truly appreciate this dying industry that has fueled (yes, pun intended) the world economy for many decades.  It's all so unique and fascinating to me, even though I believe we should be less dependent on oil and more dependent on other (renewable) fuel sources, such as wind and solar power.

As I explained before, the museum was partly about Butler County and El Dorado specifically, and part was on the oil museum.  My friend Sally was thrilled to see the various displays of school memorabilia.

She seemed to read every word and take in every display.

We both appreciated all the memorabilia the museum had collected.

This first room covered the early school days of the county.

I took the opportunity to test out my new camera.

I took two photos of this music staff liner, so I'm not sure which one I showed before.  This time, the photos are far clearer, though.

I wonder what class (grade) this photo represented from 1953-4.    I can't believe it represented the entire school, since most of the children looked to be the same age.

I wish I'd gotten a better shot of whatever was shown from 1935, but I was just trying to learn my zoom function that was working quite well, I thought.

Hmm!  It looks like the photo at the top has slipped a bit.

My friend Sally said she remembers this school that was dedicated in 1964.  I tried to find it on the internet, but all I could find was

this concept drawing for the new high school.  This photo was taken from the blog of the construction company in charge of the project.  A far cry from the dated aerial view I took a photo of.

After Sally and I toured this and another museum, we stood in line for

a Dairy Queen treat.  Sally had been wanting a Peanut Buster Parfait for days, so we stopped and I treated her to one.  I had never had a Dairy Queen (honest), and I'd never heard of any of the things they were selling.  Sally suggested I get a Blizzard.  I asked if it was like a slushy, and she told me it was made with ice cream, so I picked chocolate cheesecake.  Now I know why I've never been to Dairy Queen.  What you see here cost me nearly $11.00 (USD).  And that was just the appetizer, because after we ate those,

we worked our way to the El Dorado Burger King, where we both had water to wash down our sandwiches.  It was a fun day, though, and both museums were free since we had Museum Day tickets we downloaded from the Smithsonian web site.

Incidentally, El Dorado is pronounced El Dough-Raid-Oh, not El Dough-Rod-Oh.  Kansas has to be different.  After all, our Big and Little Arkansas Rivers are pronounced Ar-Kansas.

What story do you have to share today?  Remember, it doesn't have to be from Tuesday, but you need to link here in order for us to stop by so we can share your story.  And it doesn't matter if you paid a fortune for whatever is in your cup/mug/jar/bottle, or if you got it from your water tap.  It doesn't matter if you show a drink, as long as you relate the story to something T related, such as books, art, greeting cards, or a gift.  Be creative, be imaginative, be happy.  But be sure to join the T fun.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Krisha said...

Such an interesting post Elizabeth. As far as the ice cream..........well we have the original Dewars here, and they not only make those fabulous chews their ice cream is tops!!!
Happy T-day

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Happy and Healthy T Day! Love your photos; such an interesting museum! Thank you! xxoo

dawn said...

Happy T day!! I loved seeing and hearing about your trip. All those school things were so fun to see again, love them!

I feel the same way about DQ, imagine me with my kids and the fortune it is when we go. I always have them get smalls of whatever they get too and I get the child size. I think it's a bit to much but we go anyhow during the summer. Just went there last week because their pumpkin cheesecake is there now for the fall and I LOVE IT!!

So glad you had a fun day out with a friend. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Will be posting mine once kids go to school.

Nan G said...

What a fun outing! Would love to tour that museum, being a history buff n all. :) Whoa that's a lot of ice cream! I can only manage the kid size cone both in size and cost, a buck sixty.

see you there! said...

Looks interesting. I'd rather be visiting museums than sweeping up pine needles.


Anonymous said...

The first time I saw oil rigs out in the field was when I was about 5 or 6 and we were traveling across Texas from New Mexico. It was a sight to see! like giant animals pecking at the ground for food.
I went to a school in Florida that was set up in circular "pods". We were way before out time apparently, lol
What a good friend you are to treat Sally to a Peanut Buster Parfait. I haven't had one of those in years! so good!!
Happy T to you!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These photos look very good to me, and I can see that you really enjoyed the museums. I've never had a DQ (as they are referred to here) either--could not imagine spending that much on ice cream! The pronunciation lesson was interesting.

Not sure if I will get a chance to play today as I have to be out most of the day and didn't get to prepare ahead.

~*~Patty S said...

You have a lot of fine museums in your neck of the woods E!
you and your new camera are getting along famously = great photos and isn't zoom fun (one of my favorite features!)
Everything about the old fashioned class room table speaks to me with the flash cards, chalk line drawer, books and more...great class pix too!
That was quite a lunch you had...I like ice cream to just be ice cream usually (coffee or hazelnut are favorites)
Looks like you two had a really fun time!
Happy T day to ya

dawn said...

I'm posted and ready to blog hop!!

Happy Day my friend!

Halle said...

That museum looks really cool. I remember the staff liner tool from grade school. I thought it was the coolest thing...still do. :)

Dianne said...

oh, I remember the teacher using that staff-liner on the black board. I think that makes me an antique!! Love your little trip, and so glad your blog didn't 'blow up!' I think this camera does take better photos...some of those oil rigs look familiar, as we had a mini-oil boom in Edison, Ohio in the 70's. You would probably not enjoy the odor of the natural gas being 'burned off' from the well...!

Denise Price said...

Wow, your first time ever at Dairy Queen? Are DQ restaurants not very popular in KS? Here in MN they're a dime a dozen. In fact one of our MN DQ's has been in the news lately, because of a manager's good deed. :)

Ariel said...

Very interesting post Elizabeth. I love that bell and the class photos. What are their stories, their past...? I have not been to DQ too. We usually buy ice creams and have them home.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love visiting museums too Eizabeth.
It was interesting to see the oil rigging machinery as our oil rigs in New Zealand are all off shore on huge stands.
The schoolroom display was fascinating - I've always hoped to find an original slate and school books.

Thank you for hosting and I hope my post fits....
Shane in NZ

voodoo vixen said...

I am so happy that you have a camera that does justice to what you are photographing now! Great pics of the museum and yum to the Dairy Queen ice creams, I have a friend that heads straight for the DQ every time she goes home! LOL I should be back to normal next week and partaking of T!!