Welcome to Powers Museum

Museum Building
Powers Museum at 1617 West Oak Street (old Route 66).

Museum Closing for 2014 after November 22 to allow board & volunteers to work on a major collection & storage project that needs additional time for completion than normal winter closing will allow.

Powers Museum Civil War Sesquicentennial Activities 2010-2014 documented Online here.


Since 1988, the Powers Museum has been serving Carthage and the region as a local history museum with rotating annual exhibits from the post-Civil War period to the 20th century. Traveling exhibits and special programs related to Missouri or Ozark regional themes are presented, too.

In 2014, we highlighted the Powers Family and items from the Winchester Estate/Founding Collection as well as selected donations to the museum's collections during 26 years of operation. This exhibit focus will continue in 2015 when the museum opens in April.

Marian Powers Winchester

Marian Powers Winchester   1905 - 1981

Museum Established

The Powers Museum is a gift from Marian Powers Winchester to the City of Carthage.  At her death in 1981, Mrs. Winchester left a bequest "for the establishment and operation of a museum for the citizens of Carthage and the surrounding area."  She requested the museum's name honor her parents Dr. Everett Powers (1869–1954) and Marian Wright Powers (1880–1969).

Since 1988, the museum has presented hundreds of public exhibits and programs.

Other Museum Services

The museum's Local History Reference Library and archival holdings are available by appointment.Contact museum for further details.

Carthage Missouri Book

Among the archival collection are oral history interviews with local military veterans and homefront workers originally created for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/vets. For more information on this project, click here.

Digital exhibits include Riches from the Earth: the Geological and Industrial Heritage of Jasper County, 1865 -1965, part of the Missouri Digital Heritage project sponsored by the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri Secretrary of State.

Additional Digital Presentation showcasing selected collection holdings can be found at this Website.

Museum Shop On Site

Carthage souvenirs and books, family tree charts, Route 66 items and seasonal holiday greeting cards and decorations are sold on site along with a limited line of books and Route 66 products sold at Oldies & Oddities (open Sun. - Sat., 10 am to 5 pm, closed major holidays) at 331 S. Main Street. Mail order is available by consulting this link.

Museum Support & Administration

The museum is administered by a board of seven volunteers appointed by the Mayor of Carthage. The board meets monthly at the museum, usually on the third Monday evening of the month. The Powers Museum receives no tax support and is operated through donations, museum shop revenue, fundraising projects, and grants along with the original Winchester endowment. If you would like to donate to the museum, please send checks or money orders to Powers Museum, P.O. Box 593, Carthage, MO 64836.

Now looking for exhibit and program underwriters for 2015-2016!  Contact Director Michele Hansford for further information.

President Kimberly Fisher
Vice-President Teresa Babcock Henry
Secretary/Treasurer Angela Firkus, Ph.D.
Board Members

Milt Wick, Dixie Anderson Vacca, Karen Trotter, and Steven Wagner, Ph.D.

City Council Representative Brady Beckham
Director/Curator Michele Newton Hansford
2014 Project Volunteers

Carthage Find-a-grave Project: Nancy Brewer

Collections Project & Data Entry: Ann Haggard and Michelle Montague

Website & Digital Projects: Matthew East

Currently looking for additional volunteers to do scanning/data entry for phase 3 of our digital collections.

Academic Interns

Carol Waters, Pittsburg State University; Spring 2014 Graduate History Student Intern (Research & Exhibits)

Kendall Barclay, Missouri Southern University; Summer 2014 Intern - Collections

Academic credit can be earned through local colleges. Contact museum for further information. Now accepting for upcoming semesters.

Winchester Estate Advisor & Advisory Committee Member to the Board of the Powers Museum

John O. Phelps

The Powers Museum's endowment/investment account is managed by United Missouri Bank.

FY 2014-15 Financial & In-Kind Support has come from [Friends Campaign Currently Underway  - for more information, please contact museum].

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FY 2013-14 Financial & In-Kind Equipment Support has come from the Bowman Family of Joplin, Southwest Missouri Bank of Carthage (Southtown branch), Matthew East, William Boggess, Ed Pike, Dr. Steven Wagner, and Dr. Angela Firkus.

HVAC Replacement support in FY 2012-13 came from Friends of Powers Museum donors Tom Hilton, Bruce Vaughan, Barbara Harris Johnson, Judy St. John Detherage, Chuck & Ann Taylor, Dr. Steven Wagner, Dr. Angela Firkus, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Looney, Mr. & Mrs. James Newton, Glenita Browning, Ivan Hager, Dorothy Fulks, Henry Robertson, Jr., various annonymous donors and all those who purchased 2012 Carthage Route 66 Calendars and participated in the Anniversary Silent Auction and May Rummage Sale events.

Major support for the HVAC project also come from the Kent Steadley & Mary Steadley Memorial Trust for which the Powers Museum Board is most grateful.

Support for the museum's Online Collection/Digitization Project FY 2012-2013 came from the Carthage Community Foundation who presented a grant to the museum for the purpose of purchasing software to facilitate the project. A sub-set of this project is a digital presentation of Civil War artifacts, archival items and reference books made possible by a Brownlee Research Grant from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Thank you to all these organizations and people for their support!


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