Curators Cupboard

Curator's Cupboard

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Arcadia Publishing -- Book 2 featuring CARTHAGE 1940-1990 NEW PUBLICATION!

Available at museum and/or through mail order (see link below).

Arcadia Publishing -- Book I CARTHAGE featuring 1870s-1930s (published in 2001)

Limited copies available for sale at museum and/or through mail order (see link below).

Other Mail Order items at this link.


Missouri Historic Records Advisory Board and State Archives Grant Projects: Archival Collection Finding Aids (Note these holdings will be transferred to the Powers Museum Digital Collections new platform during 2016-17 Fiscal Year)

Finding Aid #1 2001-03 project

Finding Aid #2 2004-05 project

Missouri Digital Heritage (LSTA Digitization Grant 2006) -- Riches from the Earth: Geological and Industrial Heritage of Jasper County, Missouri, 1865-1965

Support Page for MDHI

NOTE: Links may not be working - have not checked in 2016 and Powers Museum support page to the MDHI listings hosted by the Missouri State Archives, may not be moved to new Powers Museum website platform.

Missouri Over There: Missouri WWI Soldiers -- Dr. Everett Powers Letters courtesy of Springfield/Greene County Public Library



And what about the cupboard pictured at the top of the page?

It was a product of the Connersville Cabinet Company of Connersville, Indiana, and the Powers Museum does hold an actual example of this piece, which due to its size and weight, is one of the few things that does not get rotated in the main gallery!  The actual illustration at the top is a detail view from a larger sheet of cabinets and secretary/desks manufactured by the company.  The featured cupboard is pictured on the bottom row, second from the right.

The cabinet was sent to Curtis and Nira Wright for an anniversary gift shortly after the Wrights arrived in Carthage, Missouri, and was sent to them by former employees of Mr. Wright's at the furniture Company.

When Curtis Wright decided to come to Carthage in the late 1880s, he sold his interests in Cooley-Morrison Furniture Company and the firm was then reorganized into Connersville Cabinet Company and Curtis' brother Nathaniel Wright remained with the firm.  Curiously enough, Sedalia, Missouri, tried to entice Curtis Wright to settle there and operate a furniture factory, but always interested in geology, Wright was swayed by the promise of greater rewards from the mineral boom that was going full force when he visited this region in the late 1880s.  (For more info on the lead, zinc and limestone resources in southwest Missouri, click here.)

Museum staff and volunteers have not been able to research the various furniture companies in Connersville, Indiana, and the museum does not  have information on "hope chests" made by Connersville Furniture Company, circa 1915—35. At this time we are unsure if the Wright family was still involved in the Connersville Furniture Company during this period.  Also, we are unable to give valuations or appraisals for Connersville furniture pieces.

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