Butler Community College Turns 90
Butler Community College is gearing up to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Steeped in a rich history that is intertwined with El Dorado, Butler County and Southeastern Kansas, Butler Community College
The college will kick off its anniversary during the Fine Arts Open House and the Reception of the Faculty Biennial art exhibit from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the E.B. White Gallery on the El Dorado campus at 901 S. Haverhill Road. Events and news articles commemorating the 90th will take place throughout the semester, culminating at graduation.
During this time, Butler invites the public to aid the college in enhancing its historical archives collection. Items of interest include yearbooks dating from 1927 through 1945, as well as items from other time periods, including annual publications, correspondence, letterman jackets, medals and just about any object that is related to Butler and has a story behind it. Butler’s new archive collects the corporate memory of the college.
“The benefit of a working college archives collection is to raise the level of professionalism and enduring pride in the college,” said Micaela Ayers, Director of Libraries & Archives at Butler. “In not losing our history, we gain a greater understanding of ourselves, and the potential to inform decisions for our future from the record of the past.”
Butler is creating a Facebook page to highlight the upcoming 90th anniversary events. Butler invites the community to share their memories with us.
“It is only through our long-lasting partnerships that we have been able to enjoy the rich history that we have witnessed,” said Butler Community College President Kim Krull, Ph.D. “We look forward to many more years of fulfilling our mission to transform our students’ lives, serve our communities, and thrive as the second largest community college in Kansas.”