Year End Giving Guide



               After much consideration and due to the issue of food preparation and food handling, we have decided to NOT hold the annual Sugar Plum Sale at the museum this year.  This was a difficult decision to make, and we know you will be disappointed, but we believe your health is more important than our fund-raising.

               However, the Sugar Plum Sale is the ONLY fund-raiser we hold each year and the money raised that day goes far beyond the price of a plate of cookies, with many of you making generous donations.

               To that end, we want to encourage you to support the Scott County Historical Society through the Scott Community Foundation’s Giving Day, on November 18th.   We have an account with the Foundation, and all funds received that day will go directly into our account.  Every dollar donated will be boosted by a percentage of funds provided by the Foundation.  You may donate to us that day by phone (620) 872-3790, online and select Scott County Historical Society in the drop down box, or in person at their office at 303 Court Street.

               Of course donations may be made directly to the Scott County Historical Society at any time.  Year-end giving has always been a good source of income for us.  Mail checks to P. O. Box 155, Scott City, KS 67871.


               You are invited to view a special traveling exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which brings to life the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Kansas.  This seven-panel exhibit will be in place at the museum from November 7th through November 18th. 

               In addition, you will not want to miss a program featuring Marla Matkin, portraying a suffragist.  Ms. Matkin has been a popular guest speaker/performer for several of our special events.  She will do two daytime performances for students at the high school, and a public performance in the Maria DeGeer Auditorium (High School) at 7:00 p.m. on November 19th.  This outstanding program is being funded by Scott County Travel and Tourism and there is no admission change.

               And in between those dates, the local Quilts of Valor organization will once again hold a ceremony to honor our military veterans.  That will take place on Saturday, November 14th, at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum.

               The museum is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Masks are available and hand sanitizers are placed throughout the building.  There is plenty of space in the galleries for ‘social distancing’ even when several people are here at the same time.  A new exhibit will open soon in the temporary gallery featuring portraits and short bios of America’s First Ladies.  And there are always new and exciting additions to the Jerry Thomas Gallery. 

Come out and walk through history – again

October 2020 News

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October 2020

     Is anything more ideal than a beautiful Fall afternoon in Western Kansas! Cloudless, bright blue sky and blissful calm after September's heat and wind.

     As I look through the windows of the museum, I can see that although there is no color change in the trees, the bright green is fading, and some of the highest branches have begun to lose their leaves. Such perfection makes me wonder what I'm doing inside, pecking away at this keyboard!

     At the September meeting of the historical society board, it was decided to schedule the annual Member Appreciation Day in October, as has been our custom. This was fully discussed. We know attendance may be lower than usual and we will miss you, if you choose not to come, but we understand that some may still not be comfortable in group gatherings. We are also aware that a spike in the corona virus between now and then might cause us to cancel this meeting. Your health and safety is our first priority and we want everyone to stay safe and well.

     The date for the Member Appreciation Day has been set for Sunday, October 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum. The guest speaker will be our own County Health Nurse, Edith Tarango, who will speak on what affect the corona pandemic has had on Scott County. That should be most interesting. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of El Quartelejo Museum, which opened to the public in October 2000.

     Other upcoming events include another Quilts of Valor ceremony, honoring our military veterans, on November 14th, at 2:00 p.m. These impressive services are always inspiring. Please plan to attend.

     We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, with a special traveling exhibit that brings to life the history of the women's suffrage movement in Kansas. You're invited to view the display from November 7th through 19th. This eight-panel exhibit titled "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote" is provided by the League of Women Voters of Kansas and its Centennial Celebration Committee. Visitors will get to know the women of Kansas who led this movement in the early 20th century to bring voting rights to the nation's women. Kansas women were allowed to vote in all state elections beginning in 1912, eight years before the country followed suit.

     In addition to the traveling exhibit, we are excited to host a wonderful program for the general public and to provide 2 additional programs for our High School students. This program will feature Marla Matkin of Her-story Productions. Marla is a talented historian, actress, playwright, educator, and author. She will be portraying a Suffragist and telling Her Story. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity on Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 pm, at the Maria E. DeGeer Auditorium (High School Auditorium).

     We will be taking down the Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery soon. If you haven't been in to see it, better come in now. The next display will feature America's First Ladies, which will be in place in time for the meeting on October 25th.

     Thanks so much to those of you who have been faithful to not only pay your dues promptly, but who have also included generous donations. We consider those extra donations to be a vote of confidence for the work being done to preserve and present the unique history of Scott County.

     And thanks, also, to the Scott Community Foundation for a recent grant funding of $800.00, for museum gallery updating.

     We are pleased to welcome new historical society members, Bill and Sharon Fry, Pat and Tonya White, and Edward Daubert.

For your calendar:

Sunday, Oct. 25th – 2:00 p.m. Member Appreciation Day

Bring a friend!

Nov. 7 – 18:   "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th

Amendment: Women Vote" Exhibit at the Museum

Nov. 14th – 2:00 p.m. Quilts of Valor ceremony

Nov. 19th – 7:00 p.m. Women's Suffrage w/Marla Matkin

Maria E. DeGeer High School Auditorium



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

No Admission Charge. We accept Free Will Donations.

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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