Welcome to the official website of the Scott County Historical Society.

"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."

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!

May 2018 Newsletter

We have wonderful events scheduled for the summer and you won’t want to miss any of them.  The first special program will be Saturday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. when Stephanie Fisher will present the last of the Trunk Talks, but this time it will be designed especially for adults.  The June trunk, furnished by the Kansas State Historical Society is Kansas Women and Their Quilts.  We’re calling this program “Pieces of the Past,” and plan to display some of the quilts in our collection.  All ages are invited to stop in during the week of June 5 – 9 to explore this trunk with the hands on activities that come with it.  Stephanie will be available each day from 1:00 to 5:00 to talk about the trunk.

Read more: May 2018 Newsletter

Trunk Talks

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The Scott Count Historical Society and El Quartelejo Museum are excited to announce their upcoming programs, Trunk Talks, which will run September 2017 to May 2018.  This series of traveling resource trunks through Kansas State Historical Society is created for teachers, youth leaders, museums, libraries, and other Kansans who are looking for a unique and educational way to share the rich heritage of Kansas with others.  Each trunk has a specific topic in Kansas and US history with many historical artifacts, primary source documents, and photographs for students and families to have a hands-on and personal experience with the past.  Kids, teachers, and caregivers can learn thinking skills, practice asking questions about the past, study history from multiple perspectives, and share knowledge through creative activities.  

When can you join in the conversation?

1st Wednesdays at 1:30 PM are for Homeschoolers and their Teachers and 2nd Saturdays at 1:30 pm are for Kids, Family and Friends at the El Quartelejo Museum and Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection! These will include lots of hands on exploration and a field trip or two!  Program Director, Stephanie Fisher, will be guiding the activities.

Trunk Talks are sponsored by the Scott County Historical Society in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society and funded by a generous grant through the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

Upcoming Trunk Talks Themes!

March:  Kansas Symbols

April:  Trading on the Santa Fe

May:  Cattle Trail Cowboys

Call Stephanie Fisher at 620-872-5912 for more information AND like our page on FaceBook to get to know us and all our events for you!

  

El Quartelejo Museum & Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection is located at 902 W. 5th Street in Scott City.  

Where Fossils meet the Frontier!

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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