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


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.



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