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.
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 and digitizing selected items for our on-line collection platform, the museum's main gallery will be featuring a rotating exhibit of items, the majority of which, have never been 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.
Museum will observe a "soft opening" March 28 & April 2-4 with a temporary display items related to R. Marlin Perkins & Judge Joseph Perkins in honor of 110th anniversary of Marlin's birth March 28, 1905 (also Carthage's founding date in 1842).
2015 Main Exhibit Gallery "Never Seen Before" will still be in production throughout April and will formally open on April 26 along with our Sunday Open House/Program for the month of April. Visitors will be able to tour while work is in progress.
Other 2015 mini-displays:
1. Late-spring to early summer display of postcards from our collections (late April through mid-June) for National Postcard Week (May)
2. Jasper County/Jefferson Highway blueprints of road sections for the centennial of Jefferson Highway in June-July
3. In honor of 125th Anniversary of DAR in October, a display with local Rhoda Fairchild Chapter items in October during Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show.
4. In honor of 50th Anniversary of WPA, display of local projects courtesy of WPA and other New Deal programs will be unveiled along with our August Sunday program (Aug. 23) and continue through Oct. 31.
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. 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 almost three decades of operation.
~~~~~~~ LOOKING AHEAD ~~~~~~~
2016 Femail Fashions of the 20th Century (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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