Showcase for Carthage History

Exhibit Mission & 2015 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.

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.

2015 MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL QUILT SHOW -- October 3 TO October 31 (historic quilts)


VISITORS Nov. 7-22 Please Note following information: No formal exhibit will be re-installed in main gallery for the remaining ten days of the museum 2014 public schedule. Prior to closing for 2014 season early at the end of business 11-22-2014, volunteers and board will begin its winter work project and will be using main gallery as a processing center to photograph larger items in collections (for its digital documentation project) and performing conservation task on some items, too.


Remember, there are no permanent exhibits at the Powers 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).

Powers Museum Digital Archive & Artifact Collection featuring selected examples from Powers-Winchester Estate Founding Collection as well as selected donations given during two decades of operation.



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.

Copyright © Powers Museum
1617 West Oak • P.O. Box 593 • Carthage, MO 64836
e-mail: |  phone: 417-237-0456
All Web site design, content and solutions are property of Powers Museum