Scott County Historical Society

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.

Read more: November 2018 Newsletter

September Newsletter




Have you ever noticed the difference between August winds and September winds?  It seems like Mother Nature knows when to flip her calendar and send out notice that Fall is on the way.  September can be (and usually is) hot, windy and dusty, but it just feels different than August.  I can’t explain it, but as I begin this newsletter in late August, It looks and feels like a September day.  Ok – got the weather out of the way.  On to the good stuff!


It’s a little early for a newsletter, but we’ll be hosting at least two important events in September, and we want to make sure our members are aware and invited.  The Quilts of Valor organization has asked to hold their veteran’s honor ceremony in our meeting room again and will do so on Saturday, September 8th, at 2:00 p.m.  This meaningful ceremony is something you will appreciate and long-remember.  Please plan to support this special recognition of our veterans.


September will also mark the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork.  Plans are being finalized for a gathering of a small group of Northern Cheyenne descendants and some of the descendants of the U. S. Cavalry who were involved in the last battle between Native Americans and U. S. military troops in the State of Kansas.  This battle took place near present-day Historic Lake Scott State Park on September 27, 1878.  The public is invited to “Walk with the Spirits” at the battle site around 4:00 p.m. on September 27th, where the story of the battle will be told.  The public is also invited to gather at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection (902 W. 5th Street) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th, to enjoy guest speakers and ceremonial dance performers.  We know many of you look forward to the annual “Walk with the Spirits” event, and this year will be even more meaningful with these special guests.


We were sorry to hear of Joe Beaver’s passing.  Joe worked closely with the Society to help design items for the gift shop during those first years when every purchase was weighed against a nearly non-existing budget.  We know he cut corners to help us, and the business has continued membership across the years.  Welcome new membership: The City of Scott City – another ‘business’ whose support is greatly appreciated.


Our visitors have enjoyed the Temporary Gallery’s Dust Bowl display created by the kids during Pioneer Camp, but it needs to come down.  If you haven’t been out to see it, you need to do that soon.  Soon! 


Once again – We need photos of our military veterans – any branch of service – any era.  We’d like to do a military display in the near future.  Please help us!


For your calendar – details will be sent later on:

Annual Member Appreciation Day: Sunday, October 28th – 2:00 p.m.

Christmas Open House & Sugar Plum Sale: Sunday, December 16 – 1-3 p.m.

July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter


Wow!  What a spring and summer we are having at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection!  Special events have been offered for folks of all ages and all interests, and we hope you have enjoyed one or more of them.

               April brought the Annual Meeting of the Scott County Historical Society, with a return visit from popular speaker, Sara Richter.  She spoke about the innovative ways Plains women (and men) survived the Dirty Thirties.  Great photos enhanced her interesting presentation.

               May filled the galleries with end-of-school tour groups, and included several historic sites bus tours.

Read more: July 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

We have wonderful events scheduled for the summer and you won’t want to miss any of them.  The first special program will be Saturday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. when Stephanie Fisher will present the last of the Trunk Talks, but this time it will be designed especially for adults.  The June trunk, furnished by the Kansas State Historical Society is Kansas Women and Their Quilts.  We’re calling this program “Pieces of the Past,” and plan to display some of the quilts in our collection.  All ages are invited to stop in during the week of June 5 – 9 to explore this trunk with the hands on activities that come with it.  Stephanie will be available each day from 1:00 to 5:00 to talk about the trunk.

Read more: May 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter



It was early in January when I started thinking it was time for a newsletter.  Seems like just a couple of weeks ago, but here it is – February! Time used to march – now it flies!


We finished 2017 in fine style.  The Holiday Open House and Sugar Plum Sale was such a fun event!  


Three 8’ tables held an amazing array of delectable cookies and candies, and sales were brisk.  In spite of a chilly day and two major anniversary celebrations in town that afternoon, we had a good turn-out, and an excellent sale, bringing in over $1155.00. 

The four raffle prizes went to: Barb Hutchins: Tava’s German Chocolate Cake.  Charlene Hughes: Barb Dickhut’s quilted table runner. Bill Simpson: Dean Fairchild’s handcrafted Nativity scene.  Charlene Hughes:  Historical Society’s Goodie Plate.

Large cookie and candy plates were delivered to City Hall, the Courthouse, and The Scott County Record. THANKS to each of you who brought goodies, bought goodies, or helped in any way!


Now it’s onward and upward, with great anticipation of another year of special programs and events, and ever-increasing visitation.


We hosted 84 fourth graders for a tour on Kansas Day.  (You DO know when Kansas Day is, don’t you?)  They only have an hour to spend with us, so we use five tour guides, each beginning a group in a different area of the galleries and rotating to end up around the old pump organ, where everyone sings our state song.  (You DO know what our state song is, don’t you?) 


Our program director, Stephanie Fisher, is doing a great job in many ways, currently offering monthly “Trunk Talks” to four groups.   The February trunk, is Kansas and the Civil War.  So much great history, presented with hands-on materials.  Traveling Trunks are furnished by the State Historical Society, and are being funded by a grant from The Western Kansas Foundation.  The homeschoolers will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 1:30 p.m.  Other students and adults will meet on Saturday, Feb. 10th at 1:30.  Both at El Quartelejo Museum.


Our next special event will be the annual meeting of the historical society on Sunday, April 22nd.  Returning as guest speaker will be Sara Richter, with a program titled “Getting’ by by Makin’ Do – Plains Women of the Dust Bowl.”  An appropriate topic for Earth Day!  We’ll send a reminder closer to date, but put this on your calendar now.


We’re already planning something special for June Jaunt (June 2nd) and for a summer workshop for children directed by the ever-popular Thad Beach, June 28-30th.  More information later on.


We have been given some generous donations through the past few months, and recently received memorial funds from the family of Arlene Beaton.  All such gifts are greatly appreciated, but we especially encourage you to think of the historical society to honor your loved ones, both living and deceased.  It is our mission to collect, preserve, protect and display the history of Scott County, and a memorial gift is a great way to link the life of our cherished citizens with our unique history.


KUDOS to our exceptional historic sites tour guides, Dennie Siegrist, Larry Hoeme and Jerry Snyder.  Our Western Vistas Historic Byway Tour  has been rated second out of ten of the best guided tours in Kansas! Check out for details.


REMINDER: We continue to ask for photographs of our veterans for a permanent collection.  Any veteran of any era, in uniform if possible, and with information of rank and years of service.  If the response is adequate, we would like to display those photos for Veteran’s Day or some other appropriate time, but our main desire is to have those irreplaceable photos permanently collected, filed and protected.  Please help with this project.


There will be an election for board members at the annual meeting of the historical society on April 22nd.  If you are interested in being nominated for a position on the board, please contact Patsi Graham, president, before March 15th.  Call 620 872 5912 (museum) or 872-3523 (home).


The Scott County Historical Society is a growing and active organization, with a current membership around 240.  Thank you for supporting the society with your dues and your volunteer services.  All you do is greatly appreciated.

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