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."

Come Explore With Us

Come explore with us at El Quartelejo Museum as we lead you through a timeline tracing the history of Western Kansas! From fossils to frontier to present day Scott County, the exhibits will stir your intellect and stimulate your imagination. With interactive exhibitions, fun activities, and intriguing displays, there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Art and History come alive in the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection! From Nationally Acclaimed Art to National Treasures, you will be amazed at this blend of art and artifacts. The Gallery and Collection features exclusive Wildlife, Western Heritage, Native American & U.S. Cavalry Art alongside Artifacts & Memorabilia from Native American, the Battle of Little Big Horn, Civil War Era, and the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork.

Current exhibitions include a beautiful collection of ceramic and celluloid Christmas trees, a photo gallery of veterans, and new national treasures in the Jerry Thomas Collection.  

Annual Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale

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Join us this Sunday for our Annual Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale.  You can fill a plate or two with special Christmas goodies for sale by the pound!  You'll find cookies, candies, and more to share with friends and family. We will also have several raffle items this year donated by Suzy Bs, Brenda Cejda, Dean Fairchild, and the SC Historical Society.  This is a wonderful oportunity to get together and enjoy great conversation, stroll the galleries, and have some refreshments.

Our temporary gallery is featuring Ceramic and Celluloid Trees collected by Dixie Neunschwander and Brenda Cejda.  They are stunning, unique, and one of them is in the raffle!  You will not want to miss this beautiful Holiday Display.

The Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection is having a wonderful Holiday Sale on all prints.  Jerry brough in several new items and has new prints for sale.  New items feature Gallery Wrap Giclee Prints, Giclee on Coreboard, and pre-orders of his new wildlife painting.  Every purchase receives a free Jerry Thomas Christmas Card from the JT Gallery & Collection and a Punished Woman's Fork Book courtesy of the El Quartelejo Museum.  Jerry will be on hand to sign prints on Sunday as well!  

Our gift shop features not only Jerry Thomas Items and Kansas items, but many unique gifts for all ages.  We have some delightful new Christmas Chocolates!  Pop in and enjoy a Historic Holiday Afternoon!

November 2018 Newsletter


November 2018

The calendar pages are flipping past like a movie set, designed to show the rapid passage of time.  It didn’t help to have that blast of winter on October 14th – ice and snow which left many trees and shrubs completely bare in 24 hours.  It’s been a weather yo-yo ever since.  A bit challenging, even by Kansas standards.  But we still have two special events on tap this year and you won’t want to miss either of them.

Quilts of Valor will return to honor several area military veterans on Saturday, November 10th.  These ceremonies are so memorable, especially for the veterans being honored for their service, and for their families.  The local arm of the national organization of Quilts of Valor provides beautifully handmade quilts to each of those nominated for recognition – quilts that require hours of loving labor at no small expense.  Please put this special ceremony on your calendar: Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum.

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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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