Showcase for History -- Exhibit Schedule at the Powers Museum of Carthage, Missouri

Exhibit Mission & 2014-15 Exhibits

The Powers Museum is dedicated to presenting rotating exhibits on local and Missouri history as well as displays on other subject areas respresented by the founding collection from the Marian Powers Winchester Estate and donations to the museum since 1988.

The 25th anniversary exhibit in 2013 was based on the museum's first exhibit when it opened June 1988 ---- Out of Boxes, Trunks and Drawers: A Museum Collection is Created.

During 2014 & 2015, while the museum concentrates on behind-the-scenes activities dealing with re-configuring storage areas and bringing our artifact and archival collection records up-to-date and computerizing them, the museum will be featuring a rotating exhibit of items never displayed before in 25 years of operation.

NOTE:  Due to an unexpected gift of eleven new wall cases for exhibit purposes throughout the museum, during late July and early August there will be construction and exhibit work being conducted in meeting room/library, exhibit gallery and lobby of museum. Please pardon us as we work. Once completed.

This ever-changing display will also explore how such collections are managed, why they are important to the mission of the museum, and what should be collected NOW for future presentations  in 25 years. Other topics of collection management, care and research will also be discussed throughout the next two years through on-site demonstrations and programs.





~~~~ Last Year's Exhibits & Events ~~~~

2013 MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL QUILT SHOW (Consult our Maple Leaf Quilt Show at Powers Museum Facebook page to see images of all quilts on display this year and last year.)


Veterans - honoring Carthage's first Vietnam War soldier killed in action Phillip Joslen - and those who have participated in the museum's Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project.   LINK COMING SOON TO SAMPLE ARTIFACT


Christmas Cards & Decorations of the 1940s, 1950s & 1960's from the Powers Museum Collections.  LINK COMING SOON TO SAMPLE ARTIFACT


Highlights from 2013 Donations to the Archival and Artifact Collection featuring selections from the Carol and Marlin Perkins Estate. LINK COMING SOON TO SAMPLE ARTIFACT


Remember, there are no permanent exhibits at the museum and currently we are on a two-year exhibit theme rotation through 2015, so be sure to visit often and participate in our special programs and mini-exhibits. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates or check our website often.

Also be advised during some of the transition periods between traveling exhibits or set up of new displays, access to exhibit gallery may be limited or closed during early stages of work.

1989 - 2013 PAST EXHIBITS at the Powers Museum can be reviewed <strong>here.</strong>  Selected images, documents and additional links are included in this listing for most of our major exhibits since 1988.


Riches from the Earth -- The Industrial Heritage of Jasper County featuring the lead and zinc mines along with its limestone quarries (MDHI site version Riches from the Earth or full exhibit version).

Excerpts from past exhibits on Carthage or our collections with the links below.

Carthage in the 1860s–1870s

Carthage in the New Century: 1900–1909

Topsy Turvy Puzzles of the 1930s — Homegrown Fun



2017  Nov. to Dec.  "House and Home" NEH on the Road traveling exhibit

2018-19 (dates not final yet): "World War One Homefront in Carthage" featuring the archival holdings of the Museum including the family letter collection between Capt. Everett Powers, Mrs. Marian Wright Powers and daughter Miss Marian Louisa Powers (age 12-13).


Image at top of page:  Jasper County Courthouse as photographed and copyrighted by Michele Newton Hansford.  Used with permission.

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