Fall Newsletter

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Fall 2022

Plans shaping up for Fossil Lab!

Something Super is coming to the museum!

Kris Super, local High School Science Teacher, has partnered with us to put together a Fossil Preparatory Lab. Kris has some amazing fossils to share with us including his recent HUGE find, a Plesiosaur. This large marine reptile once swam in the Western Interior Seaway that had covered Kansas.

We are most excited for this joint venture where we can experience, learn, study, and research the fossils from this seaway and others.

Special thanks to our supporters, donors, and to Kris! It is truly SUPER!

Walk with the Spirits; Hike with Historians, Sept. 25

Join us as we commemorate the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork at the National Historic Site on Sunday, September 25th from 3—5 pm (at your own pace).

Experienced historians will be stationed around the site to visit with you and convey the stories of those who were caught up in this exodus. Hear, view, and engage in their accounts as you hike the Battle Site.

This will be our observance of the 144th Anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork which took place on September 27, 1878. It was the last Indian battle in Kansas between the Northern Cheyenne and U.S. Troops.

Water, hat, walking shoes, and sunscreen recommended. Weather can change this time of year, so be prepared with a jacket as well.

In Memory

Friends and Family said “Good-Bye” to

Marilyn Kendrick in July. Marilyn worked for several years at the museum and gallery. She was gifted at arranging displays and our gift shop.

"Heaven is a beautiful place to be, full of beautiful people having a beautiful time."

Jerry Thomas Named Artist of the Year; Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association for 2022 & 2023

Jerry Thomas was once again featured on the cover of the Greasy Grass Magazine as Artist of the Year. Greasy Grass is a publication of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association.

"Just Ahead" depicts Lt. Col. George A. Custer and Seventh U.S. Cavalry troopers as they pause, gazing upon the horizon, hoping to determine what lies ahead and what awaits them beyond.

"Just Ahead" is proudly featured on the cover of the 2022 "Greasy Grass" Magazine for the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association! Thank you to Jerry’s good friends, Ted Heath (President) and Em Hurley (Editor), for the opportunity to create "Just Ahead" for the special new issue! It is a wonderful magazine with great authors, fascinating history and information.

“Big thanks to my good friends, amazing actors and Custer historians , Bill Rini and Steve Alexander, whose wonderful and expert knowledge helped in putting together the painting!” - Jerry Thomas

Honored to be the 2022 Artist of the Year for the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, Jerry presented and displayed his new artwork in Hardin, Montana June 22-25, 2022 for the CBHMA Convention.

Jerry’s artwork which shows not only his dedication and passion for keeping history alive, inspires others to know the stories of the past. Because of this, he has been selected to be the 2023 Artist of the Year! Congratulations, Jerry!

New Wildlife Painting Selected for 100th Anniversary of Western Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: Watchful Eyes

Jerry was selected in a juried Kansas wildlife contest to unveil his beautiful new painting, Watchful Eyes, at the 100th Anniversary of WAFWA held in July at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It was an honor to be selected to represent the beauty of the State of Kansas by the Association at the nationally acclaimed institution of Western art, heritage, and culture.

Watchful Eyes was inspired by scene on a winter day where Jerry captured a photo of a fox walking by. He added the cardinal after he had stepped outside on another day and was greeted by the striking red bird; a reminder of his dear dad, Clyde.

You can view both of Jerry’s newest works in the Gallery and Collection along with another Western painting he brought in recently, Lawman.

Special points of interest


· Sept. 17: Constitution Day with come-and-go activities hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution, 1—4 pm.

· Sept. 25: Walk with the Spirits; hike with historians at the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork National Historic Site, 3—5 pm

· Sept. 27: 144th Anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork

· Sept. 28: Maria DeGeer Founders Day

· October Volunteer Work Day, TBA:   give us a much needed Fall spruce up and winter prep.

· Oct. 23: Membership Appreciation Day @ 2 pm with guest speaker, Stephen Morefield author of But the Blood; a Novel based on the True Story of America’s Bloodiest County Seat Battle.

June 2022 Newsletter

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Last Month for Life in the Trenches

A Special Exhibit in the Temporary Gallery, Life in the Trenches, from the Smoky Hill Museum is now on display from April 1,2022 – June 29, 2022.  Hours to view the exhibit are Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The exhibit explores the human face of World War I and the miserable nature of trench warfare.   A very special thanks goes to Scott City Travel and Tourism for helping make this exhibit possible.

Welcome New Members

The support of our members through dues and donations is much appreciated.  You are the reason we are here!  Thank you and welcome to these new members:  Bobby & Jolene Baker, Lynden & Cammie Landholm, Randy & Karma Huck, Ken Anderson, Derrick Kysar, and Pamela Stewart.

In Memory

We were sad to say  “Good Bye” to member Dan Hutchins and long –time dear friend, Mershon Jones. 

"Friendships formed in life are broken in death. The love we shared remains unbreakable."

Tour Guide Workshop Coming June 18th!

We are hosting our first Tour Guide Workshop which will focus on The Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork, June 18, 2022 from 9 AM to Noon. 

9 AM, Meet at the museum and gallery for introduction to the story of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork , experience the history of the peoples who were part of the battle, and see/learn about the artifacts that tell their story.

10 AM, Travel to the National Historic Battle Site and explore where it all took place.  We will walk the site and retell the story of what happened there, see the rifle pits, pack horse canyon, and sanctuary cave.

Experienced historians will train you to convey this account that has been chronicled and recorded in our archives and through our exhibits.

Call us today for more information or to register, (620) 872-5912 (reservations required)

Water, hat, walking shoes, and sunscreen recommended.

For more information, call or email Stephanie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Family Fossil Field Trip

Saturday June 25th, 9 AM—Noon

Join us for this Family Fun Day with Science Teacher, Geologist and Paleontology enthusiast, Kris Super, as we hit the Kansas Chalk and hunt for fossils. 

· Learn about the Geology of Western Kansas

· Explore the chalk

· Find Fossils and learn how to identify them.

We will leave from the museum parking lot at 9:00 AM and return by noon.  You will need provide your own transportation.  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, hat, and maybe a snack.

RSVP by Wednesday, June 22nd by calling (620) 872-5912. 

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 Artifacts of the Month

WWI Lobby 2Our lobby case features WWI artifacts from our collection. 

¨ Photo of WWI Home Guard featuring Paul Ruth and Chet Rhiley.

¨ Hat and Photo of Dr. Preston Palmer.

¨ Photo and medals of Earl Lindemuth

¨ Photo of Chester Beaumguard

¨ Photo of Carrie Epperson who served as a nurse

¨ Metal Helmet and Gas Mask issued to James Force

* The Banner bearing three stars was hung in a window and signifies that three young men were actively serving their country in harms way.   (James Force/Ruby Force Rodenbeek Collection)

 Quilts of Valor Presentation

The High Plains Quilts of Valor will be honoring local veterans with quilt presentations on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 PM.  This reverant program wraps veterans with patriotic quilts in recogniztion of their service in protection of our country.  Join us as we honor these service members.  Reception to follow presentation.

 Museum Update

Welcome our new High School Summer Interns!  We are excited to offer a new grant funded program to local High School students who are interested in history and the museum field.  This summer we welcome Annie Talbert and Kairae Berry to our team.  They will be helping with guest services, museum archiving, programs and more.

Thank you to the Scott Community Foundation and the anonymous donors who are supporting this wonderful new program.  We hope to continue to fund this annually.

 Gallery Update

Jerry Thomas has been honored by being named #1 Art Gallery in Kansas by Things to do KANSAS!  It is not hard to see why the Gallery and Collection would be selected.  Jerry’s amazing masterworks are paired with a unique and rare collection that cannot be seen anywhere else. 

Congratulations, Jerry Thomas!

 Dates and Special points of interest

· WWI Traveling Exhibit, Life in the Trenches, on display now through June 29, 2022.  Sponsored by Scott City Travel & Tourism

· June 4:  DeGeer Corner Intro to Scott City Historic Walking Tour, 6—8 PM at Legacy, Maria DeGeer Statue, 5th & Main St.

· June 5:  Historic Bus Tour, Reservations required by June 4, 620-872-5912

· June 11, 2:00 PM, Quilts of Valor Presentation

· June 18:  9AM—Noon, PWF Tour Guide Workshop

· June 25:  Family Fossil Field Trip, 9 AM—Noon. (page 2)

· July 1—30, 2022 :  Artist, Linda Slack, Exhibit, A Sketch in Time.

March 2022 News

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March 2022

Definitely have to start this newsletter with the weather – I suggested to the museum staff that we might just close up shop this afternoon and head outside, where, on this first afternoon of March, it is 75 degrees, with a bright blue, cloudless sky, and no wind!  Too good to be true, and we know it won’t last.  There are plenty of us around who remember the raging blizzard of 1957, that began on March 23rd, following days of perfect spring weather.

It’s been a quiet winter at El Quartelejo Museum; some days with no visitors at all.  It will be interesting to see how many folks venture out of their comfort zone by summertime. 

We were pleased with a good turn-out for the Custer program in January with Jim Vanek, and many were disappointed when the Lincoln presentation was cancelled in February.  Hopefully, that one can be rescheduled at some point.

In the meantime, there are good things to look forward to, beginning with an art exhibit featuring local artists.  Hosted by the Scott County Arts Council, this will run from April 6th-9th.  For details and rules for entering, contact chairperson, Glenda Graham at 620 872 5728. 

Also coming April 1st through June 30th is a special traveling WWI Exhibit, Life in the Trenches:  This special exhibit brought from Smoky Hill Museum features the human face of WWI and the miserable nature of trench warfare.  You will explore tales of Kansas soldiers and their harrowing accounts of life in the trench.  We thank Scott City Travel and Tourism for sponsoring the cost of this exhibit!

               The annual meeting will be Sunday, April 24th at 2:00 PM and will feature guest speaker, Kris Super, local high school science teacher, and avid fossil hunter, who recently uncovered a prehistoric plesiosaur northwest of Scott City.  He will present a program and have some of his finds available for viewing.

               The meeting will also include election of members to the Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact the office very soon.

               We are so grateful to everyone who pays dues, but a special thanks goes out to those who bump up that dues check with a nice donation.  And grateful appreciation to the families of some of our members who have designated the historical society/El Quartelejo Museum as the recipient of memorial funds.  The most recent of those have been in memory of long-time members, Adele Christy and Margaret Snyder.  These lovely ladies will long be remembered and missed. 

October 2021 News

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October 2021

Whew . . .we survived summer – and even September, which can sometimes be challenging.  Not too many days of high winds and dust/pollen-filled air this year.  How lovely to begin October with rain, and the arrival of those Blue October Skies!

 

And lovelier still to be able to look forward to gathering again to enjoy special events coming up this month and beyond.  By winter, we’re hoping to set up the jigsaw puzzle table in the foyer again.  We had many visitors who ‘got stuck’ on their way in or out, vowing they’d find just one piece . . .

 

Our annual Member Appreciation Day, hosted by the historical society board of trustees, will be held on Sunday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speaker will be the ever-popular Jim Hoy, who has entertained us with his Western lore on at least three previous occasions.  The topic of the day will be Cattle Trail Cowboys, which will tie in perfectly with Stephanie’s Pop Up Museum which will be available for viewing including hands-on interaction beginning October 12 and through October 24th

In 1866, over 200,000 head of cattle made their way out of Texas north.  Not only did Kansas Cowtowns profit, but the myth and legend that followed the men who drove the herds has lived on through today. 

What was life like on those cattle drives?  How did young men survive hours in a saddle and months on the dusty trail? What kind of danger lay ahead of them as they started up the trail? Explore these questions and more with the hands-on activities, songs, myths, and more!

 

Beyond that special event, we look forward to the Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 12th, with the Sugar Plum Sale running from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The Sugar Plum Sale is our only fund-raiser of the year (well, except for Giving Day, but that’s another paragraph!) and we really need your participation – both to furnish holiday cookies and candies for the sale, and to buy plates filled with other folk’s delicious cookies and candies!  This sweet-treat shopping frenzy has been a popular holiday tradition at El Quartelejo Museum for 19 of our 21 years.  It was definitely missed last year. 

 

The annual Community Foundation sponsored Giving Day will be held on November 11th.  Last year’s response from our membership was fantastic – donations totaled over $6,000, which really boosted our spirits in a year that saw us closed for ten weeks in the spring, and with limited visitation through the rest of the year.   Watch for details on how to make your donations through this community fund-raiser.  It’s a great way to support many of your favorite non-profit organizations in our community.

 

We are pleased to be able to offer a place for the Quilts of Valor organization to make their presentations to our military veterans.  Another of those inspiring ceremonies will take place on Saturday, November 20th, at 2:00 p.m.  Please support this worthy cause with your presence at this impressive ceremony.

 

The SCHS memorabilia exhibit in the temporary gallery has been dismantled and a new exhibit will be in place by the time you arrive for the Member Appreciation Day on October 24th.  The exhibit will feature the philanthropy of area community foundations and their contributions.  This unique traveling exhibit is a great way to kick off a season of thanks-GIVING.

 

Please welcome new members, Kent & Kerri Johnson, Bonney Lake, WA; Ron & Ronna Cunningham, Kent, WA and Carol Bain, Ness City, KS.  And a sad goodbye to member, Keith Burgess, who passed away recently.

                             

Upcoming Events – Put on your calendar now

Pop-up Museum – October 12-24

Member Appreciation Day – Sunday, October 24 ~ 2:00 p.m.

GIVING DAY – Thursday, November 11

Quilts of Valor – Saturday, November 20 ~ 2:00 p.m.

Sugar Plum Sale – Sunday, December 12 ~ 1:30-3:00 p.m.

 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – SEE YOU SOON!

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 620.872.5540

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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