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April 2019 Newsletter

Looks like Spring finally tiptoed in and decided to stick around. Don't you love to see the haze of green in the tree tops and the clouds of white in the flowering trees and shrubs! Sunshine is so welcome after our long, challenging winter.

We always know winter is over when visitation suddenly increases at the museum. Just this week we have had visitors from Arizona, Texas, New York, Florida, and New Mexico, along with some from around the area. We are ready for guests, with a new exhibit in the museum temporary gallery, and with several exciting new additions to the Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection. If you didn't make it to the annual meeting of the historical society, come check it all out.

The annual meeting, on Sunday, April 7th, was well-attended and delightfully entertained with another of Sara Jane Richter's excellent presentations. All of us remembered fondly the TV cowboys she highlighted in "Shoot 'em ups on the Small Screen." What fun! During the business session, Jerry Thomas was re-elected to a three-year term on the historical society board of directors.

The May calendar is filling up with end-of-school tours, with even a couple this month. A group of 60 high school students and their teachers and aides toured the museum on April 15th, with tour guides Don Cotton, Alan Graham and Jerry Thomas. They also took the Battle Canyon tour with Dennie Siegrist and Larry Hoeme and the Buffalo tour with Richard Duff. The historic sites guided bus tours are funded by Scott County Travel & Tourism, and we are so grateful for that vital assistance. Volunteers help with the museum tours and we certainly appreciate them, as well.

The Quilts of Valor group honored eight veterans at El Quartelejo Museum on March 23rd, and another ceremony will be held here on May 18th, at 2:00 p.m. These are memorable ceremonies and I encourage you to come support this worthwhile project.

Our next regular museum event will be the June Jaunt, Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m. with guest speaker, Matt Bain, who will have the latest information about the newest state park – Little Jerusalem. Put this on your calendar NOW.

The Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour will be a part of June Jaunt, as well. It will leave the museum parking lot at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd. This excellent tour is free and open to the public, but you need to make reservations.

Call 620-872-5912 now to get your name on the list. Don't miss this great tour.

During the annual meeting, Jerry Thomas announced that the unveiling of the bronze sculpture of Maria DeGeer, the founder of Scott City, will take place during the 2020 all-school reunion. Even more exciting, Jerry plans to work on that sculpture right here in his gallery and we are invited to watch the artist at work! Funding for this important statue is ongoing and donations may be made through the Scott Community Foundation.

Stephanie Fisher also announced plans for a summer workshop for children. Ages 6-12 are invited to experience life at the One Room Schoolhouse. This program will be a 3-day camp, July 31st to August 2nd. Kids will learn about One Room Schoolhouses of Scott County while creating a display as well as experiencing a day in the Schoolhouse. Midwest Energy's is co-sponsoring this camp with a grant through their Community Fund. Stephanie is also developing a History STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Camp for Teens in early August. Watch for details in upcoming emails and FaceBook.

We welcome new member, Carol Trout.

We had to say goodbye to members, Duane Williams and Louise Crist. They both enjoyed the museum and supported the historical society, and they will be missed.


Quilts of Valor: Saturday - May 18 – 2:00 p.m.

June Jaunt: Saturday - June 1 – 2:00 p.m.

Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour: Sunday - June 2 – 1:00 p.m.



February Newsletter


February Newsletter – 2019

Early February – the sun is shining brightly on the remaining piles of snow left over from those December and January snow storms.  For a while, it looked as though we would have snow hills on the back of every parking lot and vacant lot in town until spring, but there is noticeable thawing taking place now, and no snow in the immediate forecast.  But, Hey! It’s Kansas . . .

Since the last newsletter went out in early November, we haven’t had a chance to report on the great response we received from the Scott Community Foundation’s second annual Giving Day.  Thanks to your generous gifts, it was an excellent fundraiser for the historical society, adding $3,360.00 to our Foundation account.   Thanks to all who contributed through that unique event.

Many thanks, as well, for your help with the Sugar Plum Sale on December 16th.  The weather was fair, tables were loaded, and the crowd was good.  Actually, the crowd was early and eager!  By 2:00 p.m., the goodies were drastically reduced and late-comers were a bit disappointed to find limited selections.  It seemed like a long afternoon until we could finally draw for prizes.

Prizes were won by Karen Compton (Tava’s German Chocolate cake), Celia Fouser (Historical Society’s candy basket), Marilyn Dryer (Dean Fairchild’s handcrafted angel candleholder), Barb Dickhut (Suzy B’s Christmas fragrance infuser) and Tim and Jill Rust (Brenda Cejda’s ceramic Christmas tree.)

Proceeds for the sale were down a little from previous years, perhaps because some members who have often increased their checks that day, had just donated to the Giving Day in November.  All-told, our donations were very good this year and we are sincerely grateful for each and every gift.

Read more: February Newsletter

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

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