Battle Canyon 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, known as Battle Canyon, 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.
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 80 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, and raising funds for improvements.
There are three membership categories:
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 the past 81 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
Richard Duff, Vice President
Marily Dryer, Secretary
Ernie Smith, Treasurer
Jerry Thomas, Artist in Residence
SCOTT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
August 2016 Newsletter
By the time this is sent out, it may no longer be August! This month has just evaporated, along with all that lovely moisture we enjoyed earlier this summer. Once again, we survived the Dog Days of Summer. Did you know that is an actual time period from July 3rd to August 11th? Check that out on Google for more interesting data! Light showers this morning and pleasantly cool, but we need a good soaking rain, don’t we? Seems I always start the newsletter with the weather . . .
But there are other things to write about – for instance, our very interesting June Jaunt event. Around 60 guests enjoyed Deb Lawrence’s program on early Scott City hotels and boarding houses, complete with wonderful vintage photographs and priceless nuggets of information. As always, homemade cookies and punch helped make the day even more enjoyable.
The current temporary gallery exhibit has been well-received. Even our many visitors from other towns and countries have enjoyed “Main Street Scott City – The First 100 Years,” and the Dirty Thirties exhibit in the foyer. It’s always fun when we can put together an exhibit from our own amazing collection of photos and artifacts, but it’s also a challenge to come up with a new display every few months. If you have a collection you’d like to loan for a few weeks, please let us know.Read more: August 2016 Newsletter