Celebrating the All-School Reunion

Our temporary gallery is full of great memories of all things SCHS!


August 2021

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It’s hard to believe this year is more than half over.  Did time go this fast last year when our lives were ‘on hold’?  It would be interesting to know how your life was affected by the Pandemic of 2020.  Maybe we should start collecting stories.  Do you have one to share? 

It seems like much of May was geared toward the first weekend in June.  But what a memorable weekend that was!  The all-school reunion brought scattered family and friends home to enjoy being together, but also to share in the excitement of the unveiling of the remarkable statue of our remarkable town founder, Maria DeGeer.  Jerry Thomas is known around the country as a fine artist, but he is making a new name for himself with his bronze sculptures.  Over 200 attended that unveiling, and another 150 were at the unveiling of new paintings and artifacts in the Jerry Thomas Gallery that same afternoon.

It has taken many years, and consistent promotion and education to see Maria DeGeer take her rightful place in the history of Scott City.  We are not aware of any other town in Kansas that was founded by a woman, and it has taken much too long for her name to be recognized locally.  She was an amazing woman, and we are proud to tell her story in her own exhibit at El Quartelejo Museum.  Come get acquainted!

We had many visitors through the reunion weekend, and were pleased that many of the duplicate copies of SCHS annuals we offered for a donation, found new homes.  We have a full set of annuals on our reference shelves, so if you need to look something up in one of those yearbooks, we’re happy to let you browse through them.

We can tell that CoVid restrictions have eased up considerably, as the museum visitation has increased.  Many of our visitors are camping in the State Park and they are truly awestruck by the beauty of that oasis on the plains, and the fascinating historic sites in the area.  Their amazement continues as they tour our galleries.  We are often told that El Quartelejo Museum and The Jerry Thomas Gallery are among the finest galleries in the state.   We are so fortunate to have the financial support of our local government agencies which makes it possible for us to present and preserve our unique history in such an excellent manner.

While there are no special events planned through the summer, our doors are open 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and there Is always something you may not have seen before.  We are looking forward to at least two and maybe three special programs this fall and winter, and we certainly plan to hold the ever-popular Sugar Plum Sale this year in December. 

               The SCHS Memorabilia Exhibit is still in place in the temporary gallery, but it will come down soon.  If you haven’t been out to see it, better come by. 

               We are sad to say goodbye to member, Larry Turpin.  We will miss his friendly smile.  And please welcome Linda See, a returning member.

El Quartelejo Museum/Jerry Thomas Gallery – Cool!

March 2021 News

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March 2021

Celebrating 20 Years at the Museum


90 Years as the Scott County Historical Society!

     Everyone agrees that 2020 was an unprecedented year – and surely everyone agrees that the second week of February 2021 was equally unprecedented!  Well, at least historically frigid temperatures we had not experienced since December 1990.  But, being Kansas, it wasn’t long before clear sunny days returned, and very quickly the first signs of spring popped up – bright green spikes of crocus and tulips.  But, being Kansans, we know better than to count Mother Nature out.  March can be full of surprises!

     With continuing lowering of corona virus cases throughout the land, perhaps we can begin to look ahead to special events this year.  After careful consideration, the historical society board decided to schedule the annual meeting of the society for Sunday, April 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum.  There will be a short business meeting, including election of board members, and Stephanie Fisher will bring the program, “The Story of Us in Maps.”  Refreshments will be served including a cake celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Scott County Historical Society. Please put this on your calendar now.  We look forward to seeing you!

     Since so few have seen the current exhibit in the temporary gallery, we will leave “America’s First Ladies” up until after the annual meeting.  This display was such fun to create and we want you to enjoy it before we focus on a major exhibit for the all-school reunion rescheduled now for June 4-6th.

     We have been saddened by the loss of too many faithful members in the past few weeks.  It has been very hard to say goodbye to Dona Dee Carpenter, Larry Huck, Marilyn Mealy, Arlene Cauthon, Kay Mohler, Dean Fairchild, Mary Armstrong and Gertrude Brown. These folks were dedicated volunteers and/or great supporters.  The families of Kay Mohler, Dean Fairchild and Mary Armstrong designated El Quartelejo Museum to receive their memorial gifts.  What a lovely way to honor those whose loyal support added greatly to the development of the museum.  We thank them, and we thank those of you whose gifts will be used in special ways to remember their devotion to the museum and the historical society.


December 2020

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December 2020

Starting, as usual, with the weather, we've been enjoying near record-setting temperatures for this time of year, but now winter is on the horizon. Only cold temperatures though – it appears that any helpful moisture will be east of us – again!

And beyond the weather, what a strange holiday season this is proving to be. Nearly all special holiday events in the community have been canceled, including our own December Open House and Sugar Plum Sale.

We did hold the Member Appreciation Day, as scheduled, on October 25th, which turned out to be a dreadful weather day. Very cold, with freezing drizzle. In spite of that, 31 hardy souls came out to hear County Health Nurse, Edith Tarango's excellent presentation on the Corona Virus in Scott County. At the October board meeting, it was decided to cancel the December open house, so the Member Appreciation Day was the only special event held in 2020. It will be interesting to see what 2021 brings.

There is no holiday exhibit in the temporary gallery this year, but a most interesting display of America's First Ladies will remain in place for the next few weeks. Do come out and enjoy a walk through this unique part of American history.

And be sure to come out to visit the gift shop. We have some really neat new items, including 1940's pin-up girl paper dolls (Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth!) and some great stocking stuffers: little tin boxes holding complete games of all kinds. You have to see these to believe how clever they are. Special sale prices on selected Jerry Thomas prints, books, jewelry and so much more.

A special recognition and thanks to the many who supported us financially through the Community Foundation Giving Day. The historical society donations totaled over $5,000, and we received $200 for having the second highest number of donors, and $425 in boosted funds from the Foundation. Additional year-end donations have also been received, and we are grateful every gift given.

As we come to the end of this challenging year, we thank you for the many ways you have supported the work we do. The Scott County Historical Society is alive and well, and we look forward to celebrating our 89th anniversary in 2021.

We are sad to say goodbye to Donis Mitchell, who passed away in October, and to Molly Williams, Norman Keyse, and Betty Schmidt, who passed away this month.

We will really miss Malcolm and Rozann Rodenberg, who have moved to Salina. They have been active members across many years.

And please welcome new members Rodney and Elaine Hopper of Scott City.

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year – Stay Well!

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 620.872.3523

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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