Using the minds of tomorrows leaders is a great way to bring new light to a outdated venue and this is exactly what the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum will be doing throughout the first semester of school.
The museum has joined up with the marketing class at the Great Bend High School to help update a room that displays products that are made from petroleum products.
“The idea to have the students help with this room came to be as I began to take school groups through the museum and kids would ask what some of the objects in our Byproducts of Petroleum Room are,” Museum Curator Danielle Feist said. “We have been fundraising for our Hall of Fame Renovation, which includes updating the exhibits and what better way to do this is to get the community involved and this is where the students are pitching in.”
The marketing class of Great Bend High, under the supervision of Bill Maddy and Feist, will first be determining what the message is to tell in this room, or what is the big picture for the community to see. Then, they will determine what type of objects they would like to see representing this big picture, writing informational signage about this message, and resetting the display.
“First, I just thought about asking them what they thought was important to see in the museum. But then I thought, if we are a community attraction, and we are representing our entire communities story, why not let the kids tell the story,” Feist said. “Petroleum by-products benefit all of us. So I’d like them to think about how they benefit, and what message they’d like to convey about this.
The students will be working with the museum throughout the semester and have until winter break to get the project finished according to Feist.
At the museum, people can learn the history of the oil and gas production, geology, and products made from oil.
The museum’s goal is to provide educational information about present industry activities, to preserve the past history of the oil and gas industry in Great Bend and surrounding areas and to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the industry.
The museum is located at 5944 10th St. and to make an appointment to visit the museum call Feist at 620-793-8301