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 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.

February 2020 Newsletter

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FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Seems like a long time since a newsletter went out.  It was last year, in fact, since we are now well into the second month of 2020.  It appears that this new year is going to race past just as last as last year! 

Back in November, we were looking forward to that Scott County Arts Council exhibit of local artists.  Turned out to showcase over 60 entries of every possible example of art.  Some folks who came out to enjoy that special event were first-time visitors to the museum galleries – a plus for us.

Another Quilts of Valor ceremony was also held in our facility in November.  It is our pleasure to host these inspirational services honoring our military veterans.  The remarkable women who make those beautiful quilts are

truly angels among us.  We invite you to be present when these ceremonies are held, as your presence also pays honor to those who have served our country across the years.

              

Our last scheduled event of 2019 was the annual Sugar Plum Sale, held on Sunday, December 16th.  A cold afternoon cut the crowd a bit, but sales were brisk, and nearly all the cookies and candies were sold.  Proceeds were $813.50.

Raffle prizes and winners were:

Evelyn Hogg, Santa wall hanging, donated by Dean Fairchild

Carl Minnix, $25 Chamber Bucks, donated by C of C

Karen Compton, Scott City-opoly game, donated by C of C

Susan Eggleston, German Chocolate Cake, donated by Tava See

Thanks to all who provided goodies and/or helped with this fundraiser.

              

Our holiday visitors enjoyed putting a few pieces in a puzzle in the foyer.  We’ve finished a couple of those, and will begin another one soon.  Puzzle lovers are welcome to come by for a little quiet R & R.

              

We always look forward to the beginning of the new year, knowing we will have fourth grade students here for a tour on Kansas Day.  There were 60 students this year.  Tour guides were Dennie Siegrist, Stephanie Fisher, Alan Graham, Don Cotton, and Barb Dickhut.  Marian Nolan joined the group to play the antique pump organ while everyone sang “Home on the Range.”  A good time was had by all.        

There’s always something going on out here at the museum, but our next special event will be the annual meeting of the Scott County Historical Society, scheduled for Sunday, April 19th, at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speaker will be one of our newer members, Tim Rust, who will be portraying Abraham Lincoln.  Tim and his wife, Jill, live in Wichita, but also have a home here in the State Park.  Some of you met this delightful couple in December when they hosted Pioneer Christmas at the Steele Home.  

By now you surely know that Jerry Thomas is creating a bronze sculpture of our town founder, Maria DeGeer, which will be dedicated during the All-School Reunion on Saturday, June 6th.   You can be a part of this exciting community project by helping with the funding.  Please send your financial gift to the Scott Community Foundation at 210 W. 4th Street, Scott City, KS 67871, earmarked: Maria DeGeer Fund, or donate online at scottcf.org.

A new exhibit has been set up in the temporary gallery. “Attic Treasures” features an eclectic collection of items from the museum collection: toys, musical instruments, clothing, photos, odds and ends.  Come see what we have discovered!

Be on the lookout for the Pop Up Museums!  Stephanie Fisher has been popping up at the schools and in our gift shop with museum items and trunks from the Kansas Historical Society.  Beginning February 27th, she will be bringing in Kansas Wheatland. April’s Pop Up Museum will be Trading on the Santa Fe.  You can find out more about this program by checking our FaceBook Page or our website, www.elquartelejomuseum.org.  The Pop Up Museum program is funded in part by a grant from the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

We are so sorry to say goodbye to long-time, always supportive member, Don Wiechman.  Our condolences go out to Marlo and family.

We’ll be reminding you about the annual meeting, but you put that date on your calendar now: Sunday, April 19th – 2:00 p.m. 

And be looking forward to the All-School Reunion, June 5-7th – so many good things planned for those days.

Happy Valentine’s Day  -  President’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day and Easter!

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