Scott County Historical Society

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 2018 Newsletter



It was early in January when I started thinking it was time for a newsletter.  Seems like just a couple of weeks ago, but here it is – February! Time used to march – now it flies!


We finished 2017 in fine style.  The Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale was such a fun event!  


Three 8’ tables held an amazing array of delectable cookies and candies, and sales were brisk.  In spite of a chilly day and two major anniversary celebrations in town that afternoon, we had a good turn-out, and an excellent sale, bringing in over $1155.00. 

The four raffle prizes went to: Barb Hutchins: Tava’s German Chocolate Cake.  Charlene Hughes: Barb Dickhut’s quilted table runner. Bill Simpson: Dean Fairchild’s handcrafted Nativity scene.  Charlene Hughes:  Historical Society’s Goodie Plate.

Large cookie and candy plates were delivered to City Hall, the Courthouse, and The Scott County Record. THANKS to each of you who brought goodies, bought goodies, or helped in any way!


Now it’s onward and upward, with great anticipation of another year of special programs and events, and ever-increasing visitation.


We hosted 84 fourth graders for a tour on Kansas Day.  (You DO know when Kansas Day is, don’t you?)  They only have an hour to spend with us, so we use five tour guides, each beginning a group in a different area of the galleries and rotating to end up around the old pump organ, where everyone sings our state song.  (You DO know what our state song is, don’t you?) 


Our program director, Stephanie Fisher, is doing a great job in many ways, currently offering monthly “Trunk Talks” to four groups.   The February trunk, is Kansas and the Civil War.  So much great history, presented with hands-on materials.  Traveling Trunks are furnished by the State Historical Society, and are being funded by a grant from The Western Kansas Foundation.  The homeschoolers will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 1:30 p.m.  Other students and adults will meet on Saturday, Feb. 10th at 1:30.  Both at El Quartelejo Museum.


Our next special event will be the annual meeting of the historical society on Sunday, April 22nd.  Returning as guest speaker will be Sara Richter, with a program titled “Getting’ by by Makin’ Do – Plains Women of the Dust Bowl.”  An appropriate topic for Earth Day!  We’ll send a reminder closer to date, but put this on your calendar now.


We’re already planning something special for June Jaunt (June 2nd) and for a summer workshop for children directed by the ever-popular Thad Beach, June 28-30th.  More information later on.


We have been given some generous donations through the past few months, and recently received memorial funds from the family of Arlene Beaton.  All such gifts are greatly appreciated, but we especially encourage you to think of the historical society to honor your loved ones, both living and deceased.  It is our mission to collect, preserve, protect and display the history of Scott County, and a memorial gift is a great way to link the life of our cherished citizens with our unique history.


KUDOS to our exceptional historic sites tour guides, Dennie Siegrist, Larry Hoeme and Jerry Snyder.  Our Western Vistas Historic Byway Tour  has been rated second out of ten of the best guided tours in Kansas! Check out for details.


REMINDER: We continue to ask for photographs of our veterans for a permanent collection.  Any veteran of any era, in uniform if possible, and with information of rank and years of service.  If the response is adequate, we would like to display those photos for Veteran’s Day or some other appropriate time, but our main desire is to have those irreplaceable photos permanently collected, filed and protected.  Please help with this project.


There will be an election for board members at the annual meeting of the historical society on April 22nd.  If you are interested in being nominated for a position on the board, please contact Patsi Graham, president, before March 15th.  Call 620 872 5912 (museum) or 872-3523 (home).


The Scott County Historical Society is a growing and active organization, with a current membership around 240.  Thank you for supporting the society with your dues and your volunteer services.  All you do is greatly appreciated.

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