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

 

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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