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."

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers

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April 2019 Newsletter

Looks like Spring finally tiptoed in and decided to stick around. Don't you love to see the haze of green in the tree tops and the clouds of white in the flowering trees and shrubs! Sunshine is so welcome after our long, challenging winter.

We always know winter is over when visitation suddenly increases at the museum. Just this week we have had visitors from Arizona, Texas, New York, Florida, and New Mexico, along with some from around the area. We are ready for guests, with a new exhibit in the museum temporary gallery, and with several exciting new additions to the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection. If you didn't make it to the annual meeting of the historical society, come check it all out.

The annual meeting, on Sunday, April 7th, was well-attended and delightfully entertained with another of Sara Jane Richter's excellent presentations. All of us remembered fondly the TV cowboys she highlighted in "Shoot 'em ups on the Small Screen." What fun! During the business session, Jerry Thomas was re-elected to a three-year term on the historical society board of directors.

The May calendar is filling up with end-of-school tours, with even a couple this month. A group of 60 high school students and their teachers and aides toured the museum on April 15th, with tour guides Don Cotton, Alan Graham and Jerry Thomas. They also took the Battle Canyon tour with Dennie Siegrist and Larry Hoeme and the Buffalo tour with Richard Duff. The historic sites guided bus tours are funded by Scott County Travel & Tourism, and we are so grateful for that vital assistance. Volunteers help with the museum tours and we certainly appreciate them, as well.

The Quilts of Valor group honored eight veterans at El Quartelejo Museum on March 23rd, and another ceremony will be held here on May 18th, at 2:00 p.m. These are memorable ceremonies and I encourage you to come support this worthwhile project.

Our next regular museum event will be the June Jaunt, Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m. with guest speaker, Matt Bain, who will have the latest information about the newest state park – Little Jerusalem. Put this on your calendar NOW.

The Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour will be a part of June Jaunt, as well. It will leave the museum parking lot at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd. This excellent tour is free and open to the public, but you need to make reservations.

Call 620-872-5912 now to get your name on the list. Don't miss this great tour.

During the annual meeting, Jerry Thomas announced that the unveiling of the bronze sculpture of Maria DeGeer, the founder of Scott City, will take place during the 2020 all-school reunion. Even more exciting, Jerry plans to work on that sculpture right here in his gallery and we are invited to watch the artist at work! Funding for this important statue is ongoing and donations may be made through the Scott Community Foundation.

Stephanie Fisher also announced plans for a summer workshop for children. Ages 6-12 are invited to experience life at the One Room Schoolhouse. This program will be a 3-day camp, July 31st to August 2nd. Kids will learn about One Room Schoolhouses of Scott County while creating a display as well as experiencing a day in the Schoolhouse. Midwest Energy's is co-sponsoring this camp with a grant through their Community Fund. Stephanie is also developing a History STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Camp for Teens in early August. Watch for details in upcoming emails and FaceBook.

We welcome new member, Carol Trout.

We had to say goodbye to members, Duane Williams and Louise Crist. They both enjoyed the museum and supported the historical society, and they will be missed.


Quilts of Valor: Saturday - May 18 – 2:00 p.m.

June Jaunt: Saturday - June 1 – 2:00 p.m.

Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour: Sunday - June 2 – 1:00 p.m.



Come Explore With Us

Come explore with us at El Quartelejo Museum as we lead you through a timeline tracing the history of Western Kansas! From fossils to frontier to present day Scott County, the exhibits will stir your intellect and stimulate your imagination. With interactive exhibitions, fun activities, and intriguing displays, there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Art and History come alive in the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection! From Nationally Acclaimed Art to National Treasures, you will be amazed at this blend of art and artifacts. The Gallery and Collection features exclusive Wildlife, Western Heritage, Native American & U.S. Cavalry Art alongside Artifacts & Memorabilia from Native American, the Battle of Little Big Horn, Civil War Era, and the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork.

Current exhibitions include a beautiful collection of ceramic and celluloid Christmas trees, a photo gallery of veterans, and new national treasures in the Jerry Thomas Collection.  

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 almost 90 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, hosting programs for all ages, 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

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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