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

 

June 2022 Newsletter

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Last Month for Life in the Trenches

A Special Exhibit in the Temporary Gallery, Life in the Trenches, from the Smoky Hill Museum is now on display from April 1,2022 – June 29, 2022.  Hours to view the exhibit are Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The exhibit explores the human face of World War I and the miserable nature of trench warfare.   A very special thanks goes to Scott City Travel and Tourism for helping make this exhibit possible.

Welcome New Members

The support of our members through dues and donations is much appreciated.  You are the reason we are here!  Thank you and welcome to these new members:  Bobby & Jolene Baker, Lynden & Cammie Landholm, Randy & Karma Huck, Ken Anderson, Derrick Kysar, and Pamela Stewart.

In Memory

We were sad to say  “Good Bye” to member Dan Hutchins and long –time dear friend, Mershon Jones. 

"Friendships formed in life are broken in death. The love we shared remains unbreakable."

Tour Guide Workshop Coming June 18th!

We are hosting our first Tour Guide Workshop which will focus on The Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork, June 18, 2022 from 9 AM to Noon. 

9 AM, Meet at the museum and gallery for introduction to the story of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork , experience the history of the peoples who were part of the battle, and see/learn about the artifacts that tell their story.

10 AM, Travel to the National Historic Battle Site and explore where it all took place.  We will walk the site and retell the story of what happened there, see the rifle pits, pack horse canyon, and sanctuary cave.

Experienced historians will train you to convey this account that has been chronicled and recorded in our archives and through our exhibits.

Call us today for more information or to register, (620) 872-5912 (reservations required)

Water, hat, walking shoes, and sunscreen recommended.

For more information, call or email Stephanie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Family Fossil Field Trip

Saturday June 25th, 9 AM—Noon

Join us for this Family Fun Day with Science Teacher, Geologist and Paleontology enthusiast, Kris Super, as we hit the Kansas Chalk and hunt for fossils. 

· Learn about the Geology of Western Kansas

· Explore the chalk

· Find Fossils and learn how to identify them.

We will leave from the museum parking lot at 9:00 AM and return by noon.  You will need provide your own transportation.  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, hat, and maybe a snack.

RSVP by Wednesday, June 22nd by calling (620) 872-5912. 

For more info, call us or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Artifacts of the Month

WWI Lobby 2Our lobby case features WWI artifacts from our collection. 

¨ Photo of WWI Home Guard featuring Paul Ruth and Chet Rhiley.

¨ Hat and Photo of Dr. Preston Palmer.

¨ Photo and medals of Earl Lindemuth

¨ Photo of Chester Beaumguard

¨ Photo of Carrie Epperson who served as a nurse

¨ Metal Helmet and Gas Mask issued to James Force

* The Banner bearing three stars was hung in a window and signifies that three young men were actively serving their country in harms way.   (James Force/Ruby Force Rodenbeek Collection)

 Quilts of Valor Presentation

The High Plains Quilts of Valor will be honoring local veterans with quilt presentations on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 PM.  This reverant program wraps veterans with patriotic quilts in recogniztion of their service in protection of our country.  Join us as we honor these service members.  Reception to follow presentation.

 Museum Update

Welcome our new High School Summer Interns!  We are excited to offer a new grant funded program to local High School students who are interested in history and the museum field.  This summer we welcome Annie Talbert and Kairae Berry to our team.  They will be helping with guest services, museum archiving, programs and more.

Thank you to the Scott Community Foundation and the anonymous donors who are supporting this wonderful new program.  We hope to continue to fund this annually.

 Gallery Update

Jerry Thomas has been honored by being named #1 Art Gallery in Kansas by Things to do KANSAS!  It is not hard to see why the Gallery and Collection would be selected.  Jerry’s amazing masterworks are paired with a unique and rare collection that cannot be seen anywhere else. 

Congratulations, Jerry Thomas!

 Dates and Special points of interest

· WWI Traveling Exhibit, Life in the Trenches, on display now through June 29, 2022.  Sponsored by Scott City Travel & Tourism

· June 4:  DeGeer Corner Intro to Scott City Historic Walking Tour, 6—8 PM at Legacy, Maria DeGeer Statue, 5th & Main St.

· June 5:  Historic Bus Tour, Reservations required by June 4, 620-872-5912

· June 11, 2:00 PM, Quilts of Valor Presentation

· June 18:  9AM—Noon, PWF Tour Guide Workshop

· June 25:  Family Fossil Field Trip, 9 AM—Noon. (page 2)

· July 1—30, 2022 :  Artist, Linda Slack, Exhibit, A Sketch in Time.

March 2022 News

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March 2022

Definitely have to start this newsletter with the weather – I suggested to the museum staff that we might just close up shop this afternoon and head outside, where, on this first afternoon of March, it is 75 degrees, with a bright blue, cloudless sky, and no wind!  Too good to be true, and we know it won’t last.  There are plenty of us around who remember the raging blizzard of 1957, that began on March 23rd, following days of perfect spring weather.

It’s been a quiet winter at El Quartelejo Museum; some days with no visitors at all.  It will be interesting to see how many folks venture out of their comfort zone by summertime. 

We were pleased with a good turn-out for the Custer program in January with Jim Vanek, and many were disappointed when the Lincoln presentation was cancelled in February.  Hopefully, that one can be rescheduled at some point.

In the meantime, there are good things to look forward to, beginning with an art exhibit featuring local artists.  Hosted by the Scott County Arts Council, this will run from April 6th-9th.  For details and rules for entering, contact chairperson, Glenda Graham at 620 872 5728. 

Also coming April 1st through June 30th is a special traveling WWI Exhibit, Life in the Trenches:  This special exhibit brought from Smoky Hill Museum features the human face of WWI and the miserable nature of trench warfare.  You will explore tales of Kansas soldiers and their harrowing accounts of life in the trench.  We thank Scott City Travel and Tourism for sponsoring the cost of this exhibit!

               The annual meeting will be Sunday, April 24th at 2:00 PM and will feature guest speaker, Kris Super, local high school science teacher, and avid fossil hunter, who recently uncovered a prehistoric plesiosaur northwest of Scott City.  He will present a program and have some of his finds available for viewing.

               The meeting will also include election of members to the Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact the office very soon.

               We are so grateful to everyone who pays dues, but a special thanks goes out to those who bump up that dues check with a nice donation.  And grateful appreciation to the families of some of our members who have designated the historical society/El Quartelejo Museum as the recipient of memorial funds.  The most recent of those have been in memory of long-time members, Adele Christy and Margaret Snyder.  These lovely ladies will long be remembered and missed. 

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