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Life in the Trenches

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APRIL 1st  - JUNE 30th

A special exhibit, Life in the Trenches, from the Smoky Hill Museum is now on display at El Quartelejo Museum, 902 W. 5th Street, Scott City, KS from April 1,2022 – June 29, 2022. Hours to view the exhibit are Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The exhibit explores the human face of World War I and the miserable nature of trench warfare.

WWI is known as the Great War and the ‘war to end all wars.’ America joined the fray in 1917. Out of more than two million Americans who served in World War I, more than 80,000 were from Kansas. This unique exhibit focuses on the harrowing experiences of Kansas soldiers by using vivid, first-hand accounts of their ordeals, trials, and tribulations. Visitors learn the reasoning behind using trenches in the war; what the trenches looked like; and what life was like in the trenches.

There are also three interactive elements in the display including:

  • Vet Vignettes – With information and accounts of Kansas, American, Allied, and Central Power troops in a simple to navigate touch-screen format
  • Gas Attack – Where users are challenged to respond quickly and prepare themselves for a gas attack before it is too late
  • Not Five Star Food – Which explores a WWI era mess kit and the recipes they might have used on the battlefield

A very special thanks goes to Scott City Travel and Tourism, the Earl Bane Foundation, City of Salina Kansas, and the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum for helping make this exhibit possible. The Smoky Hill Museum also gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the many individuals who shaped the thinking during exhibition development, including Doran Cart, Senior Curator at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, in Kansas City.

March 2022 News

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March 2022

Definitely have to start this newsletter with the weather – I suggested to the museum staff that we might just close up shop this afternoon and head outside, where, on this first afternoon of March, it is 75 degrees, with a bright blue, cloudless sky, and no wind!  Too good to be true, and we know it won’t last.  There are plenty of us around who remember the raging blizzard of 1957, that began on March 23rd, following days of perfect spring weather.

It’s been a quiet winter at El Quartelejo Museum; some days with no visitors at all.  It will be interesting to see how many folks venture out of their comfort zone by summertime. 

We were pleased with a good turn-out for the Custer program in January with Jim Vanek, and many were disappointed when the Lincoln presentation was cancelled in February.  Hopefully, that one can be rescheduled at some point.

In the meantime, there are good things to look forward to, beginning with an art exhibit featuring local artists.  Hosted by the Scott County Arts Council, this will run from April 6th-9th.  For details and rules for entering, contact chairperson, Glenda Graham at 620 872 5728. 

Also coming April 1st through June 30th is a special traveling WWI Exhibit, Life in the Trenches:  This special exhibit brought from Smoky Hill Museum features the human face of WWI and the miserable nature of trench warfare.  You will explore tales of Kansas soldiers and their harrowing accounts of life in the trench.  We thank Scott City Travel and Tourism for sponsoring the cost of this exhibit!

               The annual meeting will be Sunday, April 24th at 2:00 PM and will feature guest speaker, Kris Super, local high school science teacher, and avid fossil hunter, who recently uncovered a prehistoric plesiosaur northwest of Scott City.  He will present a program and have some of his finds available for viewing.

               The meeting will also include election of members to the Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact the office very soon.

               We are so grateful to everyone who pays dues, but a special thanks goes out to those who bump up that dues check with a nice donation.  And grateful appreciation to the families of some of our members who have designated the historical society/El Quartelejo Museum as the recipient of memorial funds.  The most recent of those have been in memory of long-time members, Adele Christy and Margaret Snyder.  These lovely ladies will long be remembered and missed. 

October 2021 News

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October 2021

Whew . . .we survived summer – and even September, which can sometimes be challenging.  Not too many days of high winds and dust/pollen-filled air this year.  How lovely to begin October with rain, and the arrival of those Blue October Skies!

 

And lovelier still to be able to look forward to gathering again to enjoy special events coming up this month and beyond.  By winter, we’re hoping to set up the jigsaw puzzle table in the foyer again.  We had many visitors who ‘got stuck’ on their way in or out, vowing they’d find just one piece . . .

 

Our annual Member Appreciation Day, hosted by the historical society board of trustees, will be held on Sunday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speaker will be the ever-popular Jim Hoy, who has entertained us with his Western lore on at least three previous occasions.  The topic of the day will be Cattle Trail Cowboys, which will tie in perfectly with Stephanie’s Pop Up Museum which will be available for viewing including hands-on interaction beginning October 12 and through October 24th

In 1866, over 200,000 head of cattle made their way out of Texas north.  Not only did Kansas Cowtowns profit, but the myth and legend that followed the men who drove the herds has lived on through today. 

What was life like on those cattle drives?  How did young men survive hours in a saddle and months on the dusty trail? What kind of danger lay ahead of them as they started up the trail? Explore these questions and more with the hands-on activities, songs, myths, and more!

 

Beyond that special event, we look forward to the Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 12th, with the Sugar Plum Sale running from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The Sugar Plum Sale is our only fund-raiser of the year (well, except for Giving Day, but that’s another paragraph!) and we really need your participation – both to furnish holiday cookies and candies for the sale, and to buy plates filled with other folk’s delicious cookies and candies!  This sweet-treat shopping frenzy has been a popular holiday tradition at El Quartelejo Museum for 19 of our 21 years.  It was definitely missed last year. 

 

The annual Community Foundation sponsored Giving Day will be held on November 11th.  Last year’s response from our membership was fantastic – donations totaled over $6,000, which really boosted our spirits in a year that saw us closed for ten weeks in the spring, and with limited visitation through the rest of the year.   Watch for details on how to make your donations through this community fund-raiser.  It’s a great way to support many of your favorite non-profit organizations in our community.

 

We are pleased to be able to offer a place for the Quilts of Valor organization to make their presentations to our military veterans.  Another of those inspiring ceremonies will take place on Saturday, November 20th, at 2:00 p.m.  Please support this worthy cause with your presence at this impressive ceremony.

 

The SCHS memorabilia exhibit in the temporary gallery has been dismantled and a new exhibit will be in place by the time you arrive for the Member Appreciation Day on October 24th.  The exhibit will feature the philanthropy of area community foundations and their contributions.  This unique traveling exhibit is a great way to kick off a season of thanks-GIVING.

 

Please welcome new members, Kent & Kerri Johnson, Bonney Lake, WA; Ron & Ronna Cunningham, Kent, WA and Carol Bain, Ness City, KS.  And a sad goodbye to member, Keith Burgess, who passed away recently.

                             

Upcoming Events – Put on your calendar now

Pop-up Museum – October 12-24

Member Appreciation Day – Sunday, October 24 ~ 2:00 p.m.

GIVING DAY – Thursday, November 11

Quilts of Valor – Saturday, November 20 ~ 2:00 p.m.

Sugar Plum Sale – Sunday, December 12 ~ 1:30-3:00 p.m.

 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – SEE YOU SOON!

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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