November 2018 Newsletter


November 2018

The calendar pages are flipping past like a movie set, designed to show the rapid passage of time.  It didn’t help to have that blast of winter on October 14th – ice and snow which left many trees and shrubs completely bare in 24 hours.  It’s been a weather yo-yo ever since.  A bit challenging, even by Kansas standards.  But we still have two special events on tap this year and you won’t want to miss either of them.

Quilts of Valor will return to honor several area military veterans on Saturday, November 10th.  These ceremonies are so memorable, especially for the veterans being honored for their service, and for their families.  The local arm of the national organization of Quilts of Valor provides beautifully handmade quilts to each of those nominated for recognition – quilts that require hours of loving labor at no small expense.  Please put this special ceremony on your calendar: Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum.


And our last planned event of 2018 will be the annual Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale, on Sunday, December 16th.  Most of you know that the Sugar Plum Sale is the only scheduled fundraiser for the Scott County Historical Society.  It requires member participation – holiday cookies and candies donated for the cookie walk, in which buyers fill a plate with their choice from the grand assortment of goodies, and pay for it by the pound.  We will need your cookies and candies, and several to help with the event through the afternoon.  Please call the museum so we know we can count on you.  620- 872-5912.

In Review:  The 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork was well and truly celebrated on September 27th-29th, with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne and descendants of some of the U. S. Cavalry troops among the invited guests.  A good crowd attended the Thursday evening “Walk With the Spirits” at the battle site and again at the museum to watch ceremonial dancing and speaking on Saturday afternoon.  Jerry Thomas unveiled new paintings and some rare new artifacts in his gallery.  Those remain on display, so come visit his gallery soon.

The annual Membership Appreciation Day was held on Sunday, October 28th – a day set aside to simply say thank you to the more than 200 members of the Scott County Historical Society.  Those who attended were treated to an outstanding program presented by Brenda Cejda, who told of her four-month tour with a Bob Hope USO tour in 1983.  Her fascinating program included a well-researched history of the USO, video clips of Bob Hope’s long career as an entertainer, and her own experiences with the USO shows that took place on many military bases, mainly in South Korea.

GIVING DAY  This is a new and unique opportunity to support the historical society and see your donation increase by some matching funds from the Scott Community Foundation.  Make your donation in any amount in person to the Scott Community Foundation on Monday, November 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or online at  Many of you include the historical society in year-end gifts and Giving Day will increase your donation to help us with ongoing projects and programs.  We have set a goal of $2,000.  Please consider helping meet that goal.

Please welcome new members: Jan and Mary Scully, Columbia, SC; Darrell Daubert, Penbroke Pines, FL; Tim and Jill Rust, Wichita/Scott City; Barb Wilkinson, Tony and Erica Beeson and family and Paul and Mary Kasselman, all of Scott City.

We were sorry to see Charles and Mary Ann Evans move from Scott City, but wish them well in their new home in Arizona.  And we say a reluctant goodbye to faithful member, Anita McCollum.  Her cheerful presence will be missed.

You will not receive another newsletter this year, so put these dates on your calendar:

Quilts of Valor – Saturday, November 10th – 2:00 p.m.

Giving Day – Monday, November 19th – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sugar Plum Sale – Sunday, December 16th – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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