The Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado will host “Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:00pm. Members of the community are invited to attend the evening's free program, which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

This talk is part of the museum's half-day Trailblazers History Symposium, featuring a variety of presentations on the different historic trailways that once ran through Butler County and southeast Kansas. Other speakers include Brian Stucky of the Kansas Friends of the Cherokee Trail, and Gary Kraisinger, cattle trail historian and author. A catered BBQ meal will also be served at 5:00pm. Registration is required for the full symposium and dinner, which costs $10 for members and $15 for the general public. Attendance to the evening program is free and open to everybody.

The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. The drover of yesteryear had little choice but to face the elements placed before him if he was to get his wild cattle to market. Jim Gray's presentation will explore how today’s massive beef industry owes its beginnings to the men and women who were bold enough to “head ‘em up and move ‘em out.”

Jim Gray is a sixth-generation Kansan who co-founded the COWBOY (Cockeyed Old West Band Of Yahoos) Society to promote and preserve Kansas’s cowboy heritage through the bi-monthly newspaper, Kansas Cowboy. The executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame, he is the author of Desperate Seed: Ellsworth Kansas on the Violent Frontier and writes the newspaper column “The Way West.”

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at

For more information about “Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out” or the Trailblazers History Symposium and dinner, contact the Kansas Oil Museum at 316-321-9333 for more information or visit