Scott County Historical Society

Annual Meeting of SCHS & Program

TV Cowboys

The Scott County Historical Society invites you to our Annual Meeting and Program on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 pm.  Dr. Sara Richter, Dean of Liberal Arts at Panhandle State University, will present T.V. Cowboys!  This is a free event open to the public and an opportunity to see what the Historical Society is all about.  The museum and gallery will be open as well.  Join us for an afternoon of refreshments and conversation.

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

Marily Dryer

Richard Duff 

Marian Nolan

 

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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