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"To establish an educationally-oriented center for the public, devoted to the collection, preservation, study, and dissemination of information on the natural and cultural environments of Scott County and the High Plains of Western Kansas."

140th Anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman's Fork

 Join the ancestors. Experience the history.

September 27th & 29th, 2018

     This historic weekend begins Thursday evening at 4:00 PM on the site of the Battle at Punished Woman's Fork with our Walk with the Spirits, A Time of Healing commemoration. We will be joined by the families of the Northern Cheyenne and U.S. Military as we celebrate the heritage and history behind the battle.

 

     The celebration continues Saturday beginning at 2:00 pm with an afternoon sharing the talents and stories from the descendants of the Northern Cheyenne and U.S. Military families.

 

     The Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection will be unveiling one of a kind historic artifacts as well as a new original painting to commemorate the 140th Anniversary.

 

 

September Newsletter

SCOTT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Have you ever noticed the difference between August winds and September winds?  It seems like Mother Nature knows when to flip her calendar and send out notice that Fall is on the way.  September can be (and usually is) hot, windy and dusty, but it just feels different than August.  I can’t explain it, but as I begin this newsletter in late August, It looks and feels like a September day.  Ok – got the weather out of the way.  On to the good stuff!

 

It’s a little early for a newsletter, but we’ll be hosting at least two important events in September, and we want to make sure our members are aware and invited.  The Quilts of Valor organization has asked to hold their veteran’s honor ceremony in our meeting room again and will do so on Saturday, September 8th, at 2:00 p.m.  This meaningful ceremony is something you will appreciate and long-remember.  Please plan to support this special recognition of our veterans.

 

September will also mark the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork.  Plans are being finalized for a gathering of a small group of Northern Cheyenne descendants and some of the descendants of the U. S. Cavalry who were involved in the last battle between Native Americans and U. S. military troops in the State of Kansas.  This battle took place near present-day Historic Lake Scott State Park on September 27, 1878.  The public is invited to “Walk with the Spirits” at the battle site around 4:00 p.m. on September 27th, where the story of the battle will be told.  The public is also invited to gather at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection (902 W. 5th Street) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th, to enjoy guest speakers and ceremonial dance performers.  We know many of you look forward to the annual “Walk with the Spirits” event, and this year will be even more meaningful with these special guests.

 

We were sorry to hear of Joe Beaver’s passing.  Joe worked closely with the Society to help design items for the gift shop during those first years when every purchase was weighed against a nearly non-existing budget.  We know he cut corners to help us, and the business has continued membership across the years.  Welcome new membership: The City of Scott City – another ‘business’ whose support is greatly appreciated.

 

Our visitors have enjoyed the Temporary Gallery’s Dust Bowl display created by the kids during Pioneer Camp, but it needs to come down.  If you haven’t been out to see it, you need to do that soon.  Soon! 

 

Once again – We need photos of our military veterans – any branch of service – any era.  We’d like to do a military display in the near future.  Please help us!

 

For your calendar – details will be sent later on:

Annual Member Appreciation Day: Sunday, October 28th – 2:00 p.m.

Christmas Open House & Sugar Plum Sale: Sunday, December 16 – 1-3 p.m.

Dust Bowl Exhibit & Activities

Explore the Dust Bowl

Come explore the Dirty 30s in our Temporary Gallery this Summer and see if you can escape our Dust Bowl Escape Room!

Temporary Gallery Exhibit: Kids from our Pioneer Camp in June created a wonderful interactive display of the Dust Bowl Days in Scott County with the aid of Theresa Beach who used a song written by her husband, Thad Beach, and the local 5th graders in 2010. The song, Nothin’ Fancy But We Had Enough, sings the history of life during the Black Blizzards of the 30s. Exhibits include eggs and chickens, a small general store for trading goods, a Dust Bowl quilt with interactive art and dialogue, a Dust Bowl Dinner Table, and a Dust Bowl Laundry Display. Visitors can interact and create throughout these creative history displays. Come and experience life in the Dirty 30s!

Dust Bowl Escape Room: Can you survive the Dust Bowl and escape from the 30s? Answer a series of questions to unlock each level and find the code to escape! Watch our calendar and FaceBook page to see when we offer this time travel experience!

Become a Member of SCHS!

The Scott County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the Scott County area and educating the community and visitors about the function of El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection.

Throughout the almost 90 year existence of SCHS, individuals, families, and businesses have supported the Historical Society’s efforts. These generous people help to continue the work of the Historical Society and assist in maintaining the building and grounds, keeping the facility open to the public, guiding group tours, hosting programs for all ages, and raising funds for improvements.

There are three membership categories:

Individual    $10.00

Family         $20.00

Business     $50.00

Museum Information

Museum and Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

After hour tours are available by calling: 620.874.1559 or 620.872.3523

Museum phone: 620.872.5912

Museum address
902 W. 5th
Scott City, Kansas 67871
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Mailing address
Scott County Historical Society
PO Box 155
Scott City, Kansas 67871

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