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 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 27 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 and beyond. Other topics of collection management, care and research will also be discussed throughout the year through on-site demonstrations and programs.

Temporary mini-displays for the following observations will be featured at various times in 2015: National Postcard Week (May), centennial of Jefferson Highway, 125th Anniversary of DAR with focus on local Rhoda Fairchild Chapter, and 50th Anniversary of WPA and local projects courtesy of WPA and other New Deal programs.  Check back for exact dates for these special displays and any special programming associated with them.

2015 MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL QUILT SHOW -- October 1 through October 31 (historic quilts will be emphasis)


Remember, there are no permanent exhibits at the Powers Museum and currently we are on a two-year exhibit theme rotation through 2015. 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. Please consult homepage of this website or our Facebook page: Powers Museum of Carthage for updates on access and special programs.

1989 - 2014 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.



2016  Theme to be determined (will continue through August 2017)

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

2018-19 (tentative; exact 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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