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."

September 2014 Newsletter


And just like that, summer is over! Well, maybe not officially, but with the turn of the calendar page, school is in full swing and fall schedules have resumed. And we have new hours at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery – We are now open 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Please note: If you have visitors or know of someone who can’t visit during those hours, we are happy to provide off-hour tours, if someone from the staff is available. Arrangements may be made by calling Dennie: 620-874-1559 or Patsi: 620-874-2016.

Summer visitation was good, with guests from many states and some foreign countries. We truly do have a treasure in our own backyard, and far too many local citizens have never been out to enjoy and appreciate it. Nothing is more effective than word-of-mouth recommendations, so please – spread the word!

There are some very special events coming up. For many years, a few local historians have met at Battle Canyon on the evening of September 27th, to walk the battlefield and relive that old story. This year YOU are invited to join them. Just be at Battle Canyon around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th to share this experience with those who know and cherish this local historic event.      

The free historic sites guided bus tour may be offered on Sunday, September 28th, if there is enough interest. Call the museum for information and to make reservations – SOON.

Sunday, October 19th has been set for the annual Membership Appreciation Day. The 2 p.m. gathering will include a special speaker and refreshments. Donald Blakeslee, an expert on prehistoric and early historic Plains life, will present the program, Kansas, BC. You are welcome to bring artifacts for him to identify. Mr. Blakeslee is with the Department of Anthropology at Wichita State University.

And looking further down the road, December 14th has been set for the annual Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale. We are counting on your special candies and cookies for this annual fundraiser. The Temporary Gallery will feature Kay Mohler’s collection of Precious Moments figurines. Christmas is truly filled with precious moments and memories, so that will be a great theme for the holidays.

For you early shoppers, the museum gift shop has great gift ideas. We have recently added many Native American crafts, dolls, toys and books. We’re also selling Tonja’s Toffee, which is nicely packaged for gift giving. And, of course, we have the full range of Jerry Thomas wildlife and western art prints, ready for framing. We’re adding new items almost weekly, so check us out.

Saturday, Sept. 27th – Battle Canyon anniversary gathering – 4:30 p.m. on site

Sunday, Sept. 28th – Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour/Duff Buffalo Pasture Tour - a wonderful afternoon tour and it’s FREE! Call NOW for information and reservations. 872-5912

Sunday, October 19th – 2 p.m. Annual Membership Appreciation Day – Guest Speaker

Sunday, December 14th – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale


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 80 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, and raising funds for improvements.

There are three membership categories:

Individual    $10.00

Family         $20.00

Business     $50.00

Museum Information

Museum and Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Weekend through Labor Day.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Labor Day through Memorial Day.

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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