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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."

June 2020 Newsletter

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JUNE 2020

After being closed for ten weeks, our doors are open again. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility, along with masks and gloves for those who want to use them. Social distancing spaces are marked off and we will take every precaution we can to provide a safe environment for our visitors. Hands-on exhibits have been covered, but there are still plenty of interesting areas to enjoy for the first time – or again, if you are a repeat visitor.

The Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery had just been opened shortly before we closed the doors, so it remains in place, and is a fun stroll through many items that have been tucked away in our storage units; some never before displayed. Do come by and see what we found in our own "attic."

Although our visitors truly enjoyed the jigsaw puzzles set up in the foyer, that little diversion has been temporarily suspended. Once it is safe for things such as that to be handled, we'll get a puzzle going again for those of you who are puzzle people.

This is the weekend originally scheduled for the all-school reunion – an event we were so looking forward to. Those five-year reunions have brought many former Scott County students to our galleries, giving us a chance to enjoy old friends and make new ones. Well, another year – maybe it will be all the sweeter for having to wait.

Other activities here and around the community have been cancelled or postponed. The end of school tours we usually enjoy in May were, of course, cancelled, along with some scheduled historic sites bus tours, and the summer programs for kids here at the museum.

We recently received a one hundred dollar grant from Midwest Energy, designated for the summer kid's program. Those funds will be used for summer programs next year. Our sincere thanks to Midwest Energy.

We also want to thank the family of Lloyd K. Fouser for designating the Scott County Historical Society as the recipient of his memorial funds. We are so honored to receive such gifts, and give much consideration to how those special funds may best be used. Thank you, Darrell and Celia.

Our condolences to the family of Juanita Janssen, who passed away in March. Juanita was a long-time and faithful member of the historical society, giving generously of her time, talent and resources.

A special thanks to those of you who have included over-and-above amounts in your membership dues checks. We are so grateful for your support. We want you to know that our excellent staff did not go unpaid through the weeks we were closed. Those employees are much too valuable to risk losing. And each of them continued to do as much work as possible at home and here at the museum. Nothing was neglected even though the galleries were closed.

The annual meeting of the historical society, scheduled for April 19th, was cancelled, along with that program we were looking forward to; the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, by member, Tim Rust. We'll try to reschedule that meeting this fall. So much depends on the health of our county, state and nation!

These past months have been challenging, to say the least. Isn't it interesting, that almost overnight we went from "Where does the time go?" to "How can each day last so long?" Never have so many closets been cleaned out, so many photographs catalogued, so many new recipes tried out! And maybe you have finally found time to read that book you've wanted to read, call that long-neglected friend, write an actual snail-mail letter. Scott County has remained almost free of this devastating virus. We have been and continue to be so very blessed.

Wash your hands, keep social distances, stay well.

Annual Meeting Postponed

image001The Annual Meeting scheduled for April 19, 2020

will be postponed until further notice.

Currently, the museum galleries remain open but will observe social distancing protocols as outlined by the Governor of Kansas and the Scott County Health Department.

You can follow our happenings on Facebook or at

www.elquartelejomuseum.org

As always, feel free to give us a call, 620-872-5912.

February 2020 Newsletter

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FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Seems like a long time since a newsletter went out.  It was last year, in fact, since we are now well into the second month of 2020.  It appears that this new year is going to race past just as last as last year! 

Back in November, we were looking forward to that Scott County Arts Council exhibit of local artists.  Turned out to showcase over 60 entries of every possible example of art.  Some folks who came out to enjoy that special event were first-time visitors to the museum galleries – a plus for us.

Another Quilts of Valor ceremony was also held in our facility in November.  It is our pleasure to host these inspirational services honoring our military veterans.  The remarkable women who make those beautiful quilts are

truly angels among us.  We invite you to be present when these ceremonies are held, as your presence also pays honor to those who have served our country across the years.

              

Our last scheduled event of 2019 was the annual Sugar Plum Sale, held on Sunday, December 16th.  A cold afternoon cut the crowd a bit, but sales were brisk, and nearly all the cookies and candies were sold.  Proceeds were $813.50.

Raffle prizes and winners were:

Evelyn Hogg, Santa wall hanging, donated by Dean Fairchild

Carl Minnix, $25 Chamber Bucks, donated by C of C

Karen Compton, Scott City-opoly game, donated by C of C

Susan Eggleston, German Chocolate Cake, donated by Tava See

Thanks to all who provided goodies and/or helped with this fundraiser.

              

Our holiday visitors enjoyed putting a few pieces in a puzzle in the foyer.  We’ve finished a couple of those, and will begin another one soon.  Puzzle lovers are welcome to come by for a little quiet R & R.

              

We always look forward to the beginning of the new year, knowing we will have fourth grade students here for a tour on Kansas Day.  There were 60 students this year.  Tour guides were Dennie Siegrist, Stephanie Fisher, Alan Graham, Don Cotton, and Barb Dickhut.  Marian Nolan joined the group to play the antique pump organ while everyone sang “Home on the Range.”  A good time was had by all.        

There’s always something going on out here at the museum, but our next special event will be the annual meeting of the Scott County Historical Society, scheduled for Sunday, April 19th, at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speaker will be one of our newer members, Tim Rust, who will be portraying Abraham Lincoln.  Tim and his wife, Jill, live in Wichita, but also have a home here in the State Park.  Some of you met this delightful couple in December when they hosted Pioneer Christmas at the Steele Home.  

By now you surely know that Jerry Thomas is creating a bronze sculpture of our town founder, Maria DeGeer, which will be dedicated during the All-School Reunion on Saturday, June 6th.   You can be a part of this exciting community project by helping with the funding.  Please send your financial gift to the Scott Community Foundation at 210 W. 4th Street, Scott City, KS 67871, earmarked: Maria DeGeer Fund, or donate online at scottcf.org.

A new exhibit has been set up in the temporary gallery. “Attic Treasures” features an eclectic collection of items from the museum collection: toys, musical instruments, clothing, photos, odds and ends.  Come see what we have discovered!

Be on the lookout for the Pop Up Museums!  Stephanie Fisher has been popping up at the schools and in our gift shop with museum items and trunks from the Kansas Historical Society.  Beginning February 27th, she will be bringing in Kansas Wheatland. April’s Pop Up Museum will be Trading on the Santa Fe.  You can find out more about this program by checking our FaceBook Page or our website, www.elquartelejomuseum.org.  The Pop Up Museum program is funded in part by a grant from the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

We are so sorry to say goodbye to long-time, always supportive member, Don Wiechman.  Our condolences go out to Marlo and family.

We’ll be reminding you about the annual meeting, but you put that date on your calendar now: Sunday, April 19th – 2:00 p.m. 

And be looking forward to the All-School Reunion, June 5-7th – so many good things planned for those days.

Happy Valentine’s Day  -  President’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day and Easter!

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

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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