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Since 1988, the Powers Museum has been serving Carthage, Missouri, as a local history museum with a variety of programming and rotating exhibits.

Powers Museum is OPEN through November 1 on Tues.-Sat. 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Special Sunday Opening for quilt show on October 18 - 1-4 pm.

"Finer Things Tea" on Oct. 12 has sold out. For those with tickets, program starts at 1:30 pm and doors will be open at 1:00 pm.


October 18 Special display on local DAR Chapter & Missouri Day video presented throughout afternoon featuring historic Arrow Rock MO.

November 1 Veterans Day Program featuring Shannon Kelly who will be presenting on the World War I Centennial & Missouri's participation, 2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm), free admission

November 1 is also quilt display take down day, so exhibit gallery will be in transition and no new display will be put up as this is the last day our our public season of 2015.


November 13 1:30 pm Local/Regional History Research Mini-Workshop featuring 4 speakers including Erin Smithers, State Historical Society of Missouri, Springfield Research Center at MSU. Free admission, but reservations suggestion. Target audience: individual researchers & area historical/cultural heritage organization volunteers/staff/board members.

November 14  Annual Santa Surplus & Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 10am to 3 pm, SATURDAY ONLY this year. Watch for more information.

Museum Research Access Policy: Use of any research materials stored on site requires advance appointment and payment of research fee. Only a few items housed in the meeting room are available for free walk-in, self-directed use during public hours (if there is no special program scheduled for multi-purpose meeting room/reference library room on day of person's unscheduled visit).

Also, on-site personnel will not be able to assist walk-ins with use of accessible materials except to answer a few basic questions and point out suggested resources on library shelves.  Researchers who need staff assistance for use of available resources in meeting room/reference library area beyond ten minutes should make a research donation of $5.00 in the museum's donation box.

Anyone desiring access to vertical files, former exhibit materials, archival collections and/or access to collection artifacts -- all stored in non-public areas and requiring advance preparation to present to researchers and insure a work space is available for your use -- must make advance appointments at least 2-3 weeks in advance of visit and pay a research fee ($15.00) at the time of appointment.

For more information and/or to make appointment, contact museum by phone 417-237-0456. All appointments subject to staff/volunteer availability.

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