Scott County Historical Society

Annual Meeting of SCHS & Program

TV Cowboys

The Scott County Historical Society invites you to our Annual Meeting and Program on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 pm.  Dr. Sara Richter, Dean of Liberal Arts at Panhandle State University, will present T.V. Cowboys!  This is a free event open to the public and an opportunity to see what the Historical Society is all about.  The museum and gallery will be open as well.  Join us for an afternoon of refreshments and conversation.

National Register

The Battle at Punished Woman's Fork was designated in 2007 as a historic location on the National Register of Historic Places.   The historic event took place on September 28, 1878~~~the last major Indian battle in Kansas. The battle site is located just North of Scott City at the South edge of Scott Lake State Park.  El Cuartelejo Archelogical District was placed on the Register much earlier, in 1966.

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

SCHS Board of Directors

The first meeting of the Scott County Historical Society was held on January 12, 1931. A number of Scott City, Kansas citizens and early settlers were interested in perpetuating the early history of Scott County and Western Kansas, which led them to meet at the old Steele home to make plans for a new organization.

 

The following officers were elected:    

 

President: Elmer Epperson

Vice President: J.K. Freed

Secretary: Mrs. Clarence Dickhut

Treasurer: E.E. Coffin

 

For almost 90 years, Scott County residents have shared a common dream: to have a museum building in which to preserve and exhibit Scott County's rich and unique history. Thousands of hours from volunteers and the generous donations of Scott County residents and interested persons have kept the dream alive, and brought much of it to fulfillment.  The work continues, with inspiration from those members who have watched the growth and development of the society and grounds for many years, and with the ideas and efforts of new advocates.

Those serving presently on the Board of Trustees of the Scott County Historical Society are:

Patsi Graham, President

Alan Graham, Vice President

Marily Dryer, Secretary

Ernie Smith, Treasurer

Jerry Thomas, Artist in Residence

Richard Duff 

Ruth Dunn

Marian Nolan

 

February Newsletter

SCOTT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

February Newsletter – 2019

Early February – the sun is shining brightly on the remaining piles of snow left over from those December and January snow storms.  For a while, it looked as though we would have snow hills on the back of every parking lot and vacant lot in town until spring, but there is noticeable thawing taking place now, and no snow in the immediate forecast.  But, Hey! It’s Kansas . . .

Since the last newsletter went out in early November, we haven’t had a chance to report on the great response we received from the Scott Community Foundation’s second annual Giving Day.  Thanks to your generous gifts, it was an excellent fundraiser for the historical society, adding $3,360.00 to our Foundation account.   Thanks to all who contributed through that unique event.

Many thanks, as well, for your help with the Sugar Plum Sale on December 16th.  The weather was fair, tables were loaded, and the crowd was good.  Actually, the crowd was early and eager!  By 2:00 p.m., the goodies were drastically reduced and late-comers were a bit disappointed to find limited selections.  It seemed like a long afternoon until we could finally draw for prizes.

Prizes were won by Karen Compton (Tava’s German Chocolate cake), Celia Fouser (Historical Society’s candy basket), Marilyn Dryer (Dean Fairchild’s handcrafted angel candleholder), Barb Dickhut (Suzy B’s Christmas fragrance infuser) and Tim and Jill Rust (Brenda Cejda’s ceramic Christmas tree.)

Proceeds for the sale were down a little from previous years, perhaps because some members who have often increased their checks that day, had just donated to the Giving Day in November.  All-told, our donations were very good this year and we are sincerely grateful for each and every gift.

Read more: February Newsletter
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