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"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."

November Newsletter

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November 2019

by Patricia Graham, President SC Historical Society

It isn’t quite November as I write this newsletter, but it won’t go out until after Halloween. . .Halloween – that means we’ll be seeing Christmas commercials by the time you get this.  Incredible!


October was filled with special events – the opening of Little Jerusalem State Park brought many visitors to our area, and to our museum.  The last of the historic bus tours have taken place for the season, with three family groups taking advantage of that excellent tour in October.  The Quilts of Valor organization held another of their inspiring tributes to military veterans here on October 19th, and the annual Member Appreciation Day was held on October 20th, with Stephanie Fisher presenting the life and times of our town founder, Maria DeGeer.


The Scott Community Foundation held their annual Giving Day on October 22nd, and the historical society received $2,940.00 in donations.  Our sincere thanks to all who participated in that unique fundraiser.


We still have exciting events on this year’s calendar.  The first of those will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th, when the Quilts of Valor organization will return to wrap another group of veterans in those beautiful handcrafted quilts.

A new event will take place from Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 8th, when the Scott County Arts Council will host an exhibit of local artists in our museum gallery.  Come out and enjoy yet another facet of our multi-talented community.  We’ll be open both those Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m.   And from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2nd and Thursday, Dec. 5th.


And, of course, we’ll set up for the annual Sugar Plum Sale on Sunday, December 15th, from 1:30 to 3:00.  We’ll need your help with this delightful cookie and candy walk, so please let us know if you can bring your favorite Christmas goodies to tempt our buyers.  This should be a perfect time to fill plates of homemade treats for gifts for friends and neighbors.  This is our only regular fundraiser, so please support this fun event.


This will be the last newsletter of 2019, so please keep us in mind as you think about year-end charitable donations.  We are aware that the tax laws have changed, so check with your tax preparer for the best way to take advantage of charitable giving.


We want to thank the family of Phyllis Geist Rowland for designating the historical society as the recipient for her memorial gifts.  We will decide on some appropriate project for those funds soon.


We were saddened by the sudden loss of Bill Huseman.  Although Bill didn’t live here, he was a very supportive member of the society.


And we will miss long-time members, George and Natalie Armantrout as they leave Scott City to make their new home in Wichita, but we wish them the very best.


Upcoming events:

Saturday, Nov. 9th – 2:00 p.m.  Quilts of Valor

Friday, Nov 29th-Dec 8th –  Local artist exhibit

Sunday, Dec 15th – 1:30-3:00 p.m. Sugar Plum Sale

August Newsletter

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August 2019

Wow!  Summer in Spades!  Hmm, I wonder what that means.  If you know, give me a call.

Of course it’s hot.  It’s August.  It’s Kansas.  And, just between you and me, I’ll take this over ice and snow any day. . .


Summer visitation has been good, and the guest book has been signed with folks from many states, but also by visitors from the U K, Spain, Wales, Brazil, South Africa, Italy and Japan.  We enjoy spending time with our visitors, often around the table with coffee cups in hand.  Without exception, they express appreciation for our beautiful galleries and our unique history.


The June Jaunt brought a nice crowd out to hear Matt Bain give us the latest progress report on Little Jerusalem, our newest Kansas State Park.  Everyone is eager to get onto that site, but it is still not open.  Possibly by Labor Day.  We’ll get the word out when that happens.


The local Quilts of Valor organization held another ceremony honoring military veterans in our meeting room in July.  It is our privilege to be able to furnish a place for these ceremonies to be held.  Forms for nomination of veterans to be recognized may be picked up at the museum.  And in that regard, we still want photos of service men and women, in uniform, for our photo collection.  Any era, any branch of service.  We do not need to keep your originals, but please, please help us preserve this historic collection.


Stephanie Fisher and Linda Armstrong designed and conducted a three-day Pioneer Camp for kids at the end of July.  The One Room Schoolhouse theme was carried out by creating such a classroom in the temporary gallery.  Old school desks were on loan from several families, and the gallery cases were filled with old schoolroom memorabilia; a display created by the children during their classroom time.  A reception was held on Saturday afternoon, so the public could view the display.  Guest speaker, Deb Lawrence, shared her extensive research into Scott County’s many one-room schools, and explained the project currently underway to restore the old schoolhouse (the Epler School) near the south entrance of the State Park.  It was a delightful afternoon, and the one-room school display will remain in place for some time.  Be sure to come check it out.


We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sculpture-in-progress of Maria DeGeer.  Our own ‘local’ artist, Jerry Thomas, will be working on that statue in the Jerry Thomas Gallery, and we are all invited to watch him create the statue of our town founder, which will be unveiled during the all-school reunion next June.  We’ll let you know when Maria gets here!


Another first-time-ever event to look forward to is the display of artwork by local artists, beginning November 29th and ending December 8th.  Sponsored by the Scott County Arts Council, any local artist may be included in this showing.  Artwork will be placed throughout the museum gallery.  Rules and entry forms are available in The Scott County Record, or for more information contact Glenda Graham, 620 872-5728.


But that’s way down the line, with plenty of summer left and many good days for you to visit El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection.  We know that you, as members of the historical society, have visited both galleries; some of you regularly, but we encourage you to invite your friends and family to come spend some time with us.   And keep in mind our lovely gift shop – unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for all ages, and the ever-popular Jerry Thomas prints, as well.  We may be the only place in town selling Kansas post cards. 


Fundraising is a top priority for both the Maria DeGeer statue and the schoolhouse restoration project.  These are important historic projects for our community.  Donations may be made to either or both through the Scott Community Foundation, 210 West 4th St., Scott City, KS 67871.


We are saddened by the loss of members, Carol McKinney and Loren Janzen.  


Please welcome new members Bob McCullough of Phoenix, Arizona, and Travis and Melissa Herbelin and family, who are new residents of Scott City.


We may not say it often enough, but we are so grateful for everything you do to support the work we do.  Your gifts of time, service (cookies) and funds are equally vital and we thank you!

Summer Happenings

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Summer Happenings 2019

Summer is heating up, so we invite you to spend a cool afternoon with us @ El Quartelejo Musuem and Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection!

What's New:

  • Fossil Rubbings in our Fossil Exploration Area
  • New items in the Gift Shop
  • Super Summer Sale on all Jerry Thomas Prints, Framed Prints, and more

What's Happening:

  • Quilts of Valor will be presenting Quilts on Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 pm
  • Pioneer Camp; One Room Schoolhouse: For ages 6-12 coming July 31 - August 2
  • One Room Schoolhouse Exhibit Grand Opening, August 3 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM:  
    • Join us as we unveil our student created exhibit and stay for refreshments and a program
  • Scott County Historic School Presentation, August 3rd @ 2:00 PM
    •  Deb Lawrence will be sharing about the rescue and renovation of the Epler School by the Scott County Historic School Committee
  • Original Kansas Medal of Honor Paintings by Jerry Thomas coming for temporary exhibition in August
  • Maria DeGeer Statue:  Jerry Thomas will be working on this in the gallery beginning in August

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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