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

Ruth Dunn, Secretary

Ernie Smith, Treasurer

Jerry Thomas, Artist in Residence

Marilyn Dryer

Richard Duff 

Marian Nolan

 

October 2020 News

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October 2020

     Is anything more ideal than a beautiful Fall afternoon in Western Kansas! Cloudless, bright blue sky and blissful calm after September's heat and wind.

     As I look through the windows of the museum, I can see that although there is no color change in the trees, the bright green is fading, and some of the highest branches have begun to lose their leaves. Such perfection makes me wonder what I'm doing inside, pecking away at this keyboard!

     At the September meeting of the historical society board, it was decided to schedule the annual Member Appreciation Day in October, as has been our custom. This was fully discussed. We know attendance may be lower than usual and we will miss you, if you choose not to come, but we understand that some may still not be comfortable in group gatherings. We are also aware that a spike in the corona virus between now and then might cause us to cancel this meeting. Your health and safety is our first priority and we want everyone to stay safe and well.

     The date for the Member Appreciation Day has been set for Sunday, October 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum. The guest speaker will be our own County Health Nurse, Edith Tarango, who will speak on what affect the corona pandemic has had on Scott County. That should be most interesting. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of El Quartelejo Museum, which opened to the public in October 2000.

     Other upcoming events include another Quilts of Valor ceremony, honoring our military veterans, on November 14th, at 2:00 p.m. These impressive services are always inspiring. Please plan to attend.

     We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, with a special traveling exhibit that brings to life the history of the women's suffrage movement in Kansas. You're invited to view the display from November 7th through 19th. This eight-panel exhibit titled "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote" is provided by the League of Women Voters of Kansas and its Centennial Celebration Committee. Visitors will get to know the women of Kansas who led this movement in the early 20th century to bring voting rights to the nation's women. Kansas women were allowed to vote in all state elections beginning in 1912, eight years before the country followed suit.

     In addition to the traveling exhibit, we are excited to host a wonderful program for the general public and to provide 2 additional programs for our High School students. This program will feature Marla Matkin of Her-story Productions. Marla is a talented historian, actress, playwright, educator, and author. She will be portraying a Suffragist and telling Her Story. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity on Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 pm, at the Maria E. DeGeer Auditorium (High School Auditorium).

     We will be taking down the Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery soon. If you haven't been in to see it, better come in now. The next display will feature America's First Ladies, which will be in place in time for the meeting on October 25th.

     Thanks so much to those of you who have been faithful to not only pay your dues promptly, but who have also included generous donations. We consider those extra donations to be a vote of confidence for the work being done to preserve and present the unique history of Scott County.

     And thanks, also, to the Scott Community Foundation for a recent grant funding of $800.00, for museum gallery updating.

     We are pleased to welcome new historical society members, Bill and Sharon Fry, Pat and Tonya White, and Edward Daubert.

For your calendar:

Sunday, Oct. 25th – 2:00 p.m. Member Appreciation Day

Bring a friend!

Nov. 7 – 18:   "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th

Amendment: Women Vote" Exhibit at the Museum

Nov. 14th – 2:00 p.m. Quilts of Valor ceremony

Nov. 19th – 7:00 p.m. Women's Suffrage w/Marla Matkin

Maria E. DeGeer High School Auditorium

 

 

June 2020 Newsletter

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JUNE 2020

After being closed for ten weeks, our doors are open again. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility, along with masks and gloves for those who want to use them. Social distancing spaces are marked off and we will take every precaution we can to provide a safe environment for our visitors. Hands-on exhibits have been covered, but there are still plenty of interesting areas to enjoy for the first time – or again, if you are a repeat visitor.

The Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery had just been opened shortly before we closed the doors, so it remains in place, and is a fun stroll through many items that have been tucked away in our storage units; some never before displayed. Do come by and see what we found in our own "attic."

Although our visitors truly enjoyed the jigsaw puzzles set up in the foyer, that little diversion has been temporarily suspended. Once it is safe for things such as that to be handled, we'll get a puzzle going again for those of you who are puzzle people.

This is the weekend originally scheduled for the all-school reunion – an event we were so looking forward to. Those five-year reunions have brought many former Scott County students to our galleries, giving us a chance to enjoy old friends and make new ones. Well, another year – maybe it will be all the sweeter for having to wait.

Other activities here and around the community have been cancelled or postponed. The end of school tours we usually enjoy in May were, of course, cancelled, along with some scheduled historic sites bus tours, and the summer programs for kids here at the museum.

We recently received a one hundred dollar grant from Midwest Energy, designated for the summer kid's program. Those funds will be used for summer programs next year. Our sincere thanks to Midwest Energy.

We also want to thank the family of Lloyd K. Fouser for designating the Scott County Historical Society as the recipient of his memorial funds. We are so honored to receive such gifts, and give much consideration to how those special funds may best be used. Thank you, Darrell and Celia.

Our condolences to the family of Juanita Janssen, who passed away in March. Juanita was a long-time and faithful member of the historical society, giving generously of her time, talent and resources.

A special thanks to those of you who have included over-and-above amounts in your membership dues checks. We are so grateful for your support. We want you to know that our excellent staff did not go unpaid through the weeks we were closed. Those employees are much too valuable to risk losing. And each of them continued to do as much work as possible at home and here at the museum. Nothing was neglected even though the galleries were closed.

The annual meeting of the historical society, scheduled for April 19th, was cancelled, along with that program we were looking forward to; the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, by member, Tim Rust. We'll try to reschedule that meeting this fall. So much depends on the health of our county, state and nation!

These past months have been challenging, to say the least. Isn't it interesting, that almost overnight we went from "Where does the time go?" to "How can each day last so long?" Never have so many closets been cleaned out, so many photographs catalogued, so many new recipes tried out! And maybe you have finally found time to read that book you've wanted to read, call that long-neglected friend, write an actual snail-mail letter. Scott County has remained almost free of this devastating virus. We have been and continue to be so very blessed.

Wash your hands, keep social distances, stay well.

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