Scott County Historical Society

February 2017 Newsletter

February is zipping along - it will be March before we know it! Hopefully we’ll soon get the moisture we need so badly.

First a little recap of December activities.  In spite of a blustery winter day (do we ever get a break on that Sunday?) we had a good turnout for the Sugar Plum Sale.  Proceeds were better than the past couple of years, bringing in just over $1,000.  A HUGE thank you to all who furnished cookies and candy – and to all who braved the cold day to come out and support our only yearly fundraiser.  Big plates of leftover goodies were taken to City Hall, The SC Record, and to Park Lane.

Raffle prizes were won by Karen Compton (Tava See’s German Chocolate cake) Steve Schmitt (Christmas tree plate of goodies) and Velda Thomas (a Raggedy Ann doll).

In the November newsletter, I asked for responses to this statement (in two or three words) “When I was a child, Christmas was . . .”  I explained that I wanted to use your responses in the foyer holiday display.  Well, only two responded, and their answers were far more than two or three words, but they were so interesting I wanted to share them with you.  Patricia Palmer Schroder wrote: “. . .a time for writing thank you notes.  Dad (Dr. Palmer) wrote thank you’s every Christmas afternoon.”  And Art Gomez wrote a long account of the happy task of making tamales for the holidays at his grandmother’s house in Garden City.  He wrote about having to switch arms during the long grinding process of making boiled corn into the filling of those tasty tamales, which were shared with family and friends.  And that although his grandmother and mother came from Mexico, they rapidly assimilated to American ways and decorated for Christmas with Santa and his reindeer in the front yard – figures made by his grandfather.  He said he cherished holiday memories and has handed them down to his five children and his grandchildren.  When I wrote back and asked if he could come up with two or three words, he wrote simply “ Love of family and friends.”  And that says it all, for all of us.

We have received some interesting donations to our collection recently – a set of 69 picture postcards from early Scott County.  Some were J. W. Lough cards which we already had, but many were Main Street photos we had never seen before.  Those have all been cataloged and stored, but some will be enlarged and printed off for displays in the future.

We have also been given two pocket transistor radios, one with instruction booklet and the original box, which will make it much more interesting when it shows up in a display someday.

We also received a box of odds and ends from an estate, which included a pair of men’s wool spats, a silver cigarette lighter, some fancy hat pins, a little jewelry, and one set of what might be cuff links.  (Sometimes we have to guess what an item is!) We’re always glad to receive items of interest, especially if they have a story to tell – or one we can imagine.

The Gallery Enhancement Project (LED fund) got some nice donations towards the end of the year, and we are continuing to exchange LED bulbs for the halogen bulbs in the Jerry Thomas Gallery.  When that gallery is completed, we’ll start on the museum gallery.  We’ve recently found a source that saves us nearly $3 a bulb, with free shipping.  When you’re looking to purchase hundreds of bulbs, that is a considerable savings.

We are grateful to recently be named as recipients of two memorial funds.  Let me encourage you to consider the Scott County Historical Society for memorial and honorary gifts as a lasting, meaningful way to celebrate a loved one, while supporting the work of the historical society.  These memorials and honorariums are permanently displayed on our donor plaques.

Our next special event will be the Annual Meeting of the society on Sunday, April 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum.  Following a short business meeting, guest speaker, Greg Mills, will present a program on the activities at Lake Scott State Park.  That should be most interesting.  Reminders will be sent out closer to that date, but you can pencil it in on your calendar now.

And looking on down the road, we will again participate in the June Jaunt, with a guest speaker, and the Historic Sites Guided Bus Tour.  More on that later.

Tara Williams’ delightful Raggedy Ann collection was enjoyed through the holidays, and we’re looking at a couple of ideas to fill the temporary gallery now.  We would really appreciate knowing about collections any of you might want to share for a few months.  Please give us a call at 620 872-5912.

We regret the recent loss of long-time members, Todd Steele, Dorothy Fouquet, Marilee Cramer and Maurine Dirks.  We welcome new members, Sue Heifner and Edward and Suzanne Frock.

As I write today, the temperature is headed for 83 degrees.  Tomorrow’s forecast – 47!  Only in Kansas!  Oh well, whatever your preference – enjoy!

August 2016 Newsletter


August 2016 Newsletter

          By the time this is sent out, it may no longer be August!  This month has just evaporated, along with all that lovely moisture we enjoyed earlier this summer.  Once again, we survived the Dog Days of Summer.  Did you know that is an actual time period from July 3rd to August 11th?  Check that out on Google for more interesting data!  Light showers this morning and pleasantly cool, but we need a good soaking rain, don’t we?  Seems I always start the newsletter with the weather . . .

            But there are other things to write about – for instance, our very interesting June Jaunt event.  Around 60 guests enjoyed Deb Lawrence’s program on early Scott City hotels and boarding houses, complete with wonderful vintage photographs and priceless nuggets of information.  As always, homemade cookies and punch helped make the day even more enjoyable.

            The current temporary gallery exhibit has been well-received.  Even our many visitors from other towns and countries have enjoyed “Main Street Scott City – The First 100 Years,” and the Dirty Thirties exhibit in the foyer.  It’s always fun when we can put together an exhibit from our own amazing collection of photos and artifacts, but it’s also a challenge to come up with a new display every few months.  If you have a collection you’d like to loan for a few weeks, please let us know.

Read more: August 2016 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter


And just like that, summer is over! Well, maybe not officially, but with the turn of the calendar page, school is in full swing and fall schedules have resumed. And we have new hours at El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery – We are now open 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Please note: If you have visitors or know of someone who can’t visit during those hours, we are happy to provide off-hour tours, if someone from the staff is available. Arrangements may be made by calling Dennie: 620-874-1559 or Patsi: 620-874-2016.

Read more: September 2014 Newsletter

Winter 2013 Newsletter

Winter 2013 Newsletter

It never seems to slow down, does it? There were just four weeks between the amazing Battle Canyon anniversary celebration and the annual Membership Appreciation Day. Perhaps that was why some of you missed the outstanding program that day

Guest speaker, Thad Beach, presented a great multi-media program about the Dirty Thirties - entertainment at its best! We try to provide a variety of programs to our members as we know people are interested in different things. We always welcome your suggestions for programs and displays, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you didn’t make it to the Battle Canyon symposium or to the membership appreciation meeting, you probably haven’t seen the newest paintings and priceless artifacts in the Jerry Thomas Gallery. Some of the artifacts are directly related to Battle Canyon and/or the history of the Northern Cheyenne. Jerry has been acquiring these items for some time and is rightfully proud of the new displays that showcase them. There is so much to see in the Jerry Thomas Gallery, and it is time well spent.

One more SPECIAL EVENT before the year comes to a close - the Christmas Open House and ever-popular Sugar Plum Sale! This is scheduled for Sunday, December 15th.

TIME CHANGE: We’ll run from 1:30 to 3:30, with a drawing for raffle prizes at 3:30. Among the raffle prizes will be one of Tava See’s famous German chocolate cakes, a gift plate of Marvel Hopkins Keyse’s marvelous fudge and Patsi Graham’s practically perfect peanut brittle! There will be at least one more item for your choice.

            We will be selling holiday cookies and candies by the pound and will serve refreshments. It’s a fun afternoon – don’t miss it!

            Now, of course, we need your help. If you can provide a batch of cookies or candy, would you please call the museum 872-5912, or Patsi 872-3523, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is the only fundraiser we hold during the year and we need your support to make it successful.

We’ll be decking the halls soon, and our holiday exhibit in the temporary gallery is a beautiful display of Hallmark Christmas collectibles on loan from Trudi Eikenberry.  

REMINDER: Year-end donations to the SC Historical Society in any amount are tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated!



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