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

Ruth Dunn, Secretary

Ernie Smith, Treasurer

Jerry Thomas, Artist in Residence

Marily Dryer

Richard Duff 

Marian Nolan

 

November Newsletter

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November 2019

by Patricia Graham, President SC Historical Society

It isn’t quite November as I write this newsletter, but it won’t go out until after Halloween. . .Halloween – that means we’ll be seeing Christmas commercials by the time you get this.  Incredible!

 

October was filled with special events – the opening of Little Jerusalem State Park brought many visitors to our area, and to our museum.  The last of the historic bus tours have taken place for the season, with three family groups taking advantage of that excellent tour in October.  The Quilts of Valor organization held another of their inspiring tributes to military veterans here on October 19th, and the annual Member Appreciation Day was held on October 20th, with Stephanie Fisher presenting the life and times of our town founder, Maria DeGeer.

 

The Scott Community Foundation held their annual Giving Day on October 22nd, and the historical society received $2,940.00 in donations.  Our sincere thanks to all who participated in that unique fundraiser.

 

We still have exciting events on this year’s calendar.  The first of those will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th, when the Quilts of Valor organization will return to wrap another group of veterans in those beautiful handcrafted quilts.

A new event will take place from Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 8th, when the Scott County Arts Council will host an exhibit of local artists in our museum gallery.  Come out and enjoy yet another facet of our multi-talented community.  We’ll be open both those Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m.   And from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2nd and Thursday, Dec. 5th.

 

And, of course, we’ll set up for the annual Sugar Plum Sale on Sunday, December 15th, from 1:30 to 3:00.  We’ll need your help with this delightful cookie and candy walk, so please let us know if you can bring your favorite Christmas goodies to tempt our buyers.  This should be a perfect time to fill plates of homemade treats for gifts for friends and neighbors.  This is our only regular fundraiser, so please support this fun event.

 

This will be the last newsletter of 2019, so please keep us in mind as you think about year-end charitable donations.  We are aware that the tax laws have changed, so check with your tax preparer for the best way to take advantage of charitable giving.

 

We want to thank the family of Phyllis Geist Rowland for designating the historical society as the recipient for her memorial gifts.  We will decide on some appropriate project for those funds soon.

 

We were saddened by the sudden loss of Bill Huseman.  Although Bill didn’t live here, he was a very supportive member of the society.

 

And we will miss long-time members, George and Natalie Armantrout as they leave Scott City to make their new home in Wichita, but we wish them the very best.

 

Upcoming events:

Saturday, Nov. 9th – 2:00 p.m.  Quilts of Valor

Friday, Nov 29th-Dec 8th –  Local artist exhibit

Sunday, Dec 15th – 1:30-3:00 p.m. Sugar Plum Sale

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