Scott County Historical Society

March 2021 News

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March 2021

Celebrating 20 Years at the Museum

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90 Years as the Scott County Historical Society!

     Everyone agrees that 2020 was an unprecedented year – and surely everyone agrees that the second week of February 2021 was equally unprecedented!  Well, at least historically frigid temperatures we had not experienced since December 1990.  But, being Kansas, it wasn’t long before clear sunny days returned, and very quickly the first signs of spring popped up – bright green spikes of crocus and tulips.  But, being Kansans, we know better than to count Mother Nature out.  March can be full of surprises!

     With continuing lowering of corona virus cases throughout the land, perhaps we can begin to look ahead to special events this year.  After careful consideration, the historical society board decided to schedule the annual meeting of the society for Sunday, April 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum.  There will be a short business meeting, including election of board members, and Stephanie Fisher will bring the program, “The Story of Us in Maps.”  Refreshments will be served including a cake celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Scott County Historical Society. Please put this on your calendar now.  We look forward to seeing you!

     Since so few have seen the current exhibit in the temporary gallery, we will leave “America’s First Ladies” up until after the annual meeting.  This display was such fun to create and we want you to enjoy it before we focus on a major exhibit for the all-school reunion rescheduled now for June 4-6th.

     We have been saddened by the loss of too many faithful members in the past few weeks.  It has been very hard to say goodbye to Dona Dee Carpenter, Larry Huck, Marilyn Mealy, Arlene Cauthon, Kay Mohler, Dean Fairchild, Mary Armstrong and Gertrude Brown. These folks were dedicated volunteers and/or great supporters.  The families of Kay Mohler, Dean Fairchild and Mary Armstrong designated El Quartelejo Museum to receive their memorial gifts.  What a lovely way to honor those whose loyal support added greatly to the development of the museum.  We thank them, and we thank those of you whose gifts will be used in special ways to remember their devotion to the museum and the historical society.

ANNUAL MEETING – SUNDAY - APRIL 25 – 2:00 P.M.

December 2020

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December 2020

Starting, as usual, with the weather, we've been enjoying near record-setting temperatures for this time of year, but now winter is on the horizon. Only cold temperatures though – it appears that any helpful moisture will be east of us – again!

And beyond the weather, what a strange holiday season this is proving to be. Nearly all special holiday events in the community have been canceled, including our own December Open House and Sugar Plum Sale.

We did hold the Member Appreciation Day, as scheduled, on October 25th, which turned out to be a dreadful weather day. Very cold, with freezing drizzle. In spite of that, 31 hardy souls came out to hear County Health Nurse, Edith Tarango's excellent presentation on the Corona Virus in Scott County. At the October board meeting, it was decided to cancel the December open house, so the Member Appreciation Day was the only special event held in 2020. It will be interesting to see what 2021 brings.

There is no holiday exhibit in the temporary gallery this year, but a most interesting display of America's First Ladies will remain in place for the next few weeks. Do come out and enjoy a walk through this unique part of American history.

And be sure to come out to visit the gift shop. We have some really neat new items, including 1940's pin-up girl paper dolls (Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth!) and some great stocking stuffers: little tin boxes holding complete games of all kinds. You have to see these to believe how clever they are. Special sale prices on selected Jerry Thomas prints, books, jewelry and so much more.

A special recognition and thanks to the many who supported us financially through the Community Foundation Giving Day. The historical society donations totaled over $5,000, and we received $200 for having the second highest number of donors, and $425 in boosted funds from the Foundation. Additional year-end donations have also been received, and we are grateful every gift given.

As we come to the end of this challenging year, we thank you for the many ways you have supported the work we do. The Scott County Historical Society is alive and well, and we look forward to celebrating our 89th anniversary in 2021.

We are sad to say goodbye to Donis Mitchell, who passed away in October, and to Molly Williams, Norman Keyse, and Betty Schmidt, who passed away this month.

We will really miss Malcolm and Rozann Rodenberg, who have moved to Salina. They have been active members across many years.

And please welcome new members Rodney and Elaine Hopper of Scott City.

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year – Stay Well!

October 2020 News

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October 2020

     Is anything more ideal than a beautiful Fall afternoon in Western Kansas! Cloudless, bright blue sky and blissful calm after September's heat and wind.

     As I look through the windows of the museum, I can see that although there is no color change in the trees, the bright green is fading, and some of the highest branches have begun to lose their leaves. Such perfection makes me wonder what I'm doing inside, pecking away at this keyboard!

     At the September meeting of the historical society board, it was decided to schedule the annual Member Appreciation Day in October, as has been our custom. This was fully discussed. We know attendance may be lower than usual and we will miss you, if you choose not to come, but we understand that some may still not be comfortable in group gatherings. We are also aware that a spike in the corona virus between now and then might cause us to cancel this meeting. Your health and safety is our first priority and we want everyone to stay safe and well.

     The date for the Member Appreciation Day has been set for Sunday, October 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum. The guest speaker will be our own County Health Nurse, Edith Tarango, who will speak on what affect the corona pandemic has had on Scott County. That should be most interesting. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of El Quartelejo Museum, which opened to the public in October 2000.

     Other upcoming events include another Quilts of Valor ceremony, honoring our military veterans, on November 14th, at 2:00 p.m. These impressive services are always inspiring. Please plan to attend.

     We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, with a special traveling exhibit that brings to life the history of the women's suffrage movement in Kansas. You're invited to view the display from November 7th through 19th. This eight-panel exhibit titled "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote" is provided by the League of Women Voters of Kansas and its Centennial Celebration Committee. Visitors will get to know the women of Kansas who led this movement in the early 20th century to bring voting rights to the nation's women. Kansas women were allowed to vote in all state elections beginning in 1912, eight years before the country followed suit.

     In addition to the traveling exhibit, we are excited to host a wonderful program for the general public and to provide 2 additional programs for our High School students. This program will feature Marla Matkin of Her-story Productions. Marla is a talented historian, actress, playwright, educator, and author. She will be portraying a Suffragist and telling Her Story. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity on Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 pm, at the Maria E. DeGeer Auditorium (High School Auditorium).

     We will be taking down the Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery soon. If you haven't been in to see it, better come in now. The next display will feature America's First Ladies, which will be in place in time for the meeting on October 25th.

     Thanks so much to those of you who have been faithful to not only pay your dues promptly, but who have also included generous donations. We consider those extra donations to be a vote of confidence for the work being done to preserve and present the unique history of Scott County.

     And thanks, also, to the Scott Community Foundation for a recent grant funding of $800.00, for museum gallery updating.

     We are pleased to welcome new historical society members, Bill and Sharon Fry, Pat and Tonya White, and Edward Daubert.

For your calendar:

Sunday, Oct. 25th – 2:00 p.m. Member Appreciation Day

Bring a friend!

Nov. 7 – 18:   "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th

Amendment: Women Vote" Exhibit at the Museum

Nov. 14th – 2:00 p.m. Quilts of Valor ceremony

Nov. 19th – 7:00 p.m. Women's Suffrage w/Marla Matkin

Maria E. DeGeer High School Auditorium

 

 

June 2020 Newsletter

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JUNE 2020

After being closed for ten weeks, our doors are open again. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility, along with masks and gloves for those who want to use them. Social distancing spaces are marked off and we will take every precaution we can to provide a safe environment for our visitors. Hands-on exhibits have been covered, but there are still plenty of interesting areas to enjoy for the first time – or again, if you are a repeat visitor.

The Attic Treasures display in the temporary gallery had just been opened shortly before we closed the doors, so it remains in place, and is a fun stroll through many items that have been tucked away in our storage units; some never before displayed. Do come by and see what we found in our own "attic."

Although our visitors truly enjoyed the jigsaw puzzles set up in the foyer, that little diversion has been temporarily suspended. Once it is safe for things such as that to be handled, we'll get a puzzle going again for those of you who are puzzle people.

This is the weekend originally scheduled for the all-school reunion – an event we were so looking forward to. Those five-year reunions have brought many former Scott County students to our galleries, giving us a chance to enjoy old friends and make new ones. Well, another year – maybe it will be all the sweeter for having to wait.

Other activities here and around the community have been cancelled or postponed. The end of school tours we usually enjoy in May were, of course, cancelled, along with some scheduled historic sites bus tours, and the summer programs for kids here at the museum.

We recently received a one hundred dollar grant from Midwest Energy, designated for the summer kid's program. Those funds will be used for summer programs next year. Our sincere thanks to Midwest Energy.

We also want to thank the family of Lloyd K. Fouser for designating the Scott County Historical Society as the recipient of his memorial funds. We are so honored to receive such gifts, and give much consideration to how those special funds may best be used. Thank you, Darrell and Celia.

Our condolences to the family of Juanita Janssen, who passed away in March. Juanita was a long-time and faithful member of the historical society, giving generously of her time, talent and resources.

A special thanks to those of you who have included over-and-above amounts in your membership dues checks. We are so grateful for your support. We want you to know that our excellent staff did not go unpaid through the weeks we were closed. Those employees are much too valuable to risk losing. And each of them continued to do as much work as possible at home and here at the museum. Nothing was neglected even though the galleries were closed.

The annual meeting of the historical society, scheduled for April 19th, was cancelled, along with that program we were looking forward to; the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, by member, Tim Rust. We'll try to reschedule that meeting this fall. So much depends on the health of our county, state and nation!

These past months have been challenging, to say the least. Isn't it interesting, that almost overnight we went from "Where does the time go?" to "How can each day last so long?" Never have so many closets been cleaned out, so many photographs catalogued, so many new recipes tried out! And maybe you have finally found time to read that book you've wanted to read, call that long-neglected friend, write an actual snail-mail letter. Scott County has remained almost free of this devastating virus. We have been and continue to be so very blessed.

Wash your hands, keep social distances, stay well.

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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