For Anna Bassford-Woods the past few months have been a whirlwind of change and excitement. Her recent appointment as executive director of the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum has moved her and her family to the El Dorado area.

For Anna Bassford-Woods the past few months have been a whirlwind of change and excitement. Her recent appointment as executive director of the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum has moved her and her family to the El Dorado area.
"I came to Butler County for the open position at the history center," explained Woods. "My husband moved with me and we're expecting our first child in August. My hometown is Wellington, Kan.”
She said they are settling in pretty well.
“This seems like a very nice place and we're much closer to family now," she said.
Woods is no stranger to the typical tasks of her new position.
"Before coming to El Dorado, I was director and curator of the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned, Kan.," she said. "I was there for a little over two years. I got my undergraduate degree at Emporia State and my master's degree at Texas Tech."
Everything has been going smooth since she started.
"This is nothing I haven't encountered before," said Woods. "It seems like all the museums and historical societies have the same issues."
The Butler County History Center has proven to be similar to her last facility as well.
"This facility is a little bit bigger," she explained. "In a lot of ways, this place is actually very similar to my last position because there is both an indoor and outdoor space to maintain."
She hopes to continue on with involving the community in the facility.
"We'll have the same types of programs," Woods said. "We actually have the Frontier Western Celebration coming up on Aug. 2. The museum will be hosting events to go along with the festival. There will be a petting zoo again and we'll have volunteers in the outside buildings as part of a living history program. We also have a new exhibit coming at the end of July about the Navajo code talkers. It should be particularly interested because the last of the code talkers just recently passed away."
Woods hopes to increase the community's involvement at the center.
"One of my biggest hopes is to increase ties with the community," she said. "I want the community to know all the services available to them at the center. The museum is one of the best assets the community has."
For more information on the upcoming programs at the Butler County History Center, call 316-321-9333 or visit their Web site at www.kansasoilmuseum. org.