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Please visit our impressive facility, brimming with artifacts and artwork which reveal Western Kansas through genealogy, geology, wildlife, and history.
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El Quartelejo-an historic ancient Indian pueblo, the remains of which can be seen near Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas.
A sheltered cave held the women and children of the Northern Cheyenne during the raging Battle of Punished Woman's Fork. (Photo by Jerry Snyder)
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Lake Scott State Park features many historic sites, as well as setting a beautiful stage for your recreational pursuits. (Photo by Gina Ramsey)
May in Western Kansas brings the beauty of yucca in full bloom. (Photo by Florence Daubert)
The panoramic view of an historic battle site. Scott City sits on the right side horizon as one looks South. (Photo by Betty LaToush)
"Where the buffalo roam..." American bison graze along the Western Vistas Historic Byway. The Duff family owns this renowned herd. (Photo by Stan Hutchins)
Take in the visual beauty and history of the gallery and collection of Western and wildlife artist Jerry Thomas.
SCOTT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
And just like that, summer is over! Well, maybe not officially, but with the turn of the calendar page, school is in full swing and fall schedules have resumed. And we have new hours at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery – We are now open 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Please note: If you have visitors or know of someone who can’t visit during those hours, we are happy to provide off-hour tours, if someone from the staff is available. Arrangements may be made by calling Dennie: 620-874-1559 or Patsi: 620-874-2016.
Summer visitation was good, with guests from many states and some foreign countries. We truly do have a treasure in our own backyard, and far too many local citizens have never been out to enjoy and appreciate it. Nothing is more effective than word-of-mouth recommendations, so please – spread the word!
There are some very special events coming up. For many years, a few local historians have met at Battle Canyon on the evening of September 27th, to walk the battlefield and relive that old story. This year YOU are invited to join them. Just be at Battle Canyon around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th to share this experience with those who know and cherish this local historic event.
The free historic sites guided bus tour may be offered on Sunday, September 28th, if there is enough interest. Call the museum for information and to make reservations – SOON.
Sunday, October 19th has been set for the annual Membership Appreciation Day. The 2 p.m. gathering will include a special speaker and refreshments. Donald Blakeslee, an expert on prehistoric and early historic Plains life, will present the program, Kansas, BC. You are welcome to bring artifacts for him to identify. Mr. Blakeslee is with the Department of Anthropology at Wichita State University.
And looking further down the road, December 14th has been set for the annual Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale. We are counting on your special candies and cookies for this annual fundraiser. The Temporary Gallery will feature Kay Mohler’s collection of Precious Moments figurines. Christmas is truly filled with precious moments and memories, so that will be a great theme for the holidays.
For you early shoppers, the museum gift shop has great gift ideas. We have recently added many Native American crafts, dolls, toys and books. We’re also selling Tonja’s Toffee, which is nicely packaged for gift giving. And, of course, we have the full range of Jerry Thomas wildlife and western art prints, ready for framing. We’re adding new items almost weekly, so check us out.
Saturday, Sept. 27th – Battle Canyon anniversary gathering – 4:30 p.m. on site
Sunday, Sept. 28th – Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour/Duff Buffalo Pasture Tour - a wonderful afternoon tour and it’s FREE! Call NOW for information and reservations. 872-5912
Sunday, October 19th – 2 p.m. Annual Membership Appreciation Day – Guest Speaker
Sunday, December 14th – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale
ARE YOUR DUES CURRENT? Call 872-5912
There will be a gathering at Battle Canyon around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27th for those interested in walking the battlefield and retelling the story. Two gentlemen representing the Northern Cheyenne will be here for that observance, remembering the 135th anniversary celebration symposium that the Scott County Historical Society hosted in 2013. Also, if you know someone who would be interested in the historic bus tour, it looks like there will be enough folks to make that happen on Sunday, Sep. 28, but reservations need to be made, through the museum, as soon as possible.
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 80 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, and raising funds for improvements.
There are three membership categories:
Museum and Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Weekend through Labor Day.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Labor Day through Memorial Day.
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
902 W. 5th
Scott City, Kansas 67871
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