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Summer Happenings 2019

Summer is heating up, so we invite you to spend a cool afternoon with us @ El Quartelejo Musuem and Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collection!

What's New:

  • Fossil Rubbings in our Fossil Exploration Area
  • New items in the Gift Shop
  • Super Summer Sale on all Jerry Thomas Prints, Framed Prints, and more

What's Happening:

  • Quilts of Valor will be presenting Quilts on Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 pm
  • Pioneer Camp; One Room Schoolhouse: For ages 6-12 coming July 31 - August 2
  • One Room Schoolhouse Exhibit Grand Opening, August 3 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM:  
    • Join us as we unveil our student created exhibit and stay for refreshments and a program
  • Scott County Historic School Presentation, August 3rd @ 2:00 PM
    •  Deb Lawrence will be sharing about the rescue and renovation of the Epler School by the Scott County Historic School Committee
  • Original Kansas Medal of Honor Paintings by Jerry Thomas coming for temporary exhibition in August
  • Maria DeGeer Statue:  Jerry Thomas will be working on this in the gallery beginning in August

Come Explore With Us

Come explore with us at El Quartelejo Museum as we lead you through a timeline tracing the history of Western Kansas! From fossils to frontier to present day Scott County, the exhibits will stir your intellect and stimulate your imagination. With interactive exhibitions, fun activities, and intriguing displays, there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Art and History come alive in the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection! From Nationally Acclaimed Art to National Treasures, you will be amazed at this blend of art and artifacts. The Gallery and Collection features exclusive Wildlife, Western Heritage, Native American & U.S. Cavalry Art alongside Artifacts & Memorabilia from Native American, the Battle of Little Big Horn, Civil War Era, and the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork.

Current exhibitions include a beautiful collection of ceramic and celluloid Christmas trees, a photo gallery of veterans, and new national treasures in the Jerry Thomas Collection.  

August 2015 Newsletter

Wow – Halfway through August! This summer has been a blur or special and delightful activities, all of which took weeks of advance planning – busy time!           

Summer got off to a grand start with the June Jaunt. Those of you who attended the Saturday event at El Quartelejo Museum were well-entertained by the talented trio, Blue Steele. What a pleasant afternoon!          

We began work immediately on the All-School Reunion sports display in the temporary gallery. That took more than two weeks of research and photo copying. Our visitors enjoyed that display, even though we wern’t able to highlight every winning team from every year! And believe me, there were those who let us know we’d missed a few “really important teams!”

We had a great turn-out of alumni and friends during the three day reunion and many carried away duplicate copies of high school annuals we had been storing for many years. We still have a couple of boxes of those, so we might have that one you are looking for. Come out and see.

The historical society received a unique gift earlier this year in the form of a $100 check from the Schwanke family, honoring the 100th birthday of their mother, Louise Schwanke. We often receive memorial gifts, but what a lovely way to pay tribute to a living loved one! Perhaps that will inspire you to do the same.

El Quartelejo Museum and The Jerry Thomas Gallery have enjoyed a good increase in visitation this season, and our gift shop has been very popular. If you’re looking for unique gifts, come check us out. Jerry Thomas prints that are carried in the gift shop are currently half price, so this is a good time to think about Christmas! And do remember our galleries when you are entertaining family and friends from out of town. This is a great place to spend some time.

We have just scheduled a speaking engagement and book signing with Stew Magnuson, author of “The Last American Highway.” (Highway 83) Although our galleries are not on Highway 83, Scott City and the State Park are both highlighted in his book. The book is well-written, and he is very easy to visit with on the phone. That event will take place on Thursday, September 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. More details later, but put that date on your calendar.

We are saddened by the recent loss of long-time members, Margaret Lee and Margaret Harper, but a most sincere welcome to new members: Fran Work, Larry & Pat Snow, Norma Cunningham, Art & Stephanie Gomez and Joy Haverfield.

Dog Days of Summer ~ Endure/Enjoy!

Fall 2013 Newsletter

          The Battle Canyon anniversary celebration and symposium was, as promised, a once-in-a-lifetime event. It was well attended and the comments have been overwhelmingly positive. A huge thank you to all our members who helped in any way to make the weekend a success. Big jobs or small, each one was important and your participation was greatly appreciated. Kudos to Jerry Thomas, who spent months of his life and put countless miles on that bright red pickup, making sure all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. It was a huge undertaking and we encourage you to let him know that you appreciated the results. Jerry has added some amazing artifacts to his gallery collection, many of which pertain to the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork. They are beautifully displayed – Come and see!

As usual, we can barely catch a breath before we’re on to the next important event – the annual Membership Appreciation Day! The date is Sunday, October 27th, at 2 p.m. at El Quartelejo Museum.

We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Thad Beach. Some of you are familiar with Thad’s work at the Middle School each year. Thad is a musician and songwriter who introduces the students to the challenges of the Dust Bowl years right here in Scott County. Local citizens are interviewed by the students, who then write songs about the stories they’ve heard.

          We’re all interested in those difficult years which many of you remember all too well. Come and hear his presentation and share your own stories.

          Following is Thad’s biographical information:

         Songwriter Thad Beach will be performing his musical program entitled, “Dust Bowl Survivors: They Called it the Dirty Thirties.” This multi-media program features six songs co-written by fifth grade students and teachers during Thad’s songwriting residencies at Scott City Middle School since 1999. An accompanying slide show presentation highlights the songwriting process and collection of personal histories.

          The songs tell the stories of rural people and some minute details of daily life in the 1930's for those who chose to stay in western Kansas, rather than emigrate during hard times. Many personal experiences of local residents who participated in discussions over the years with the students, were woven into the lyrics of the songs....songs about “Going to Scott City,” “When the Roosters Crowed at Noon,” how “Farmers Never Give Up,” and “When the Rain Came Down”.  "Troop Train" is the newest song written just weeks ago, about local support for WWII soldiers passing through Scott City.

          This promises to be a special afternoon, so be sure to put the date and time on your calendar – Now! SUNDAY, OCT. 27th, 2 P.M.   Bring your friends!

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