Selected Past Exhibits


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2014 - 2015  Never Seen Before: Selections from Collections Never Displayed Before

October 2014 & 2015 Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show

To see selected items previously displayed in museum exhibits, consult our Digital Collections website.

2013  In honor of the museum's 25th Anniversary:

Out of Boxes, Trunks & Drawers: A Museum Collection is Revisited (featuring the Founding Collection of the Marian Powers Winchester Estate)

This exhibit re-introduced the Dr. Everett & Marian Wright Powers to the public with selections from their home and professional life.

October 2013:  Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show

Mid-Nov. to mid-Dec. 2013: Phillip Joslen Collection; Judge Joseph Perkins and son Marlin Perkins Collection; and Christmas Greetings 1940s-1960s.


2012 (Due to major renovations, several smaller exhibits were presented)

Father and Son Go to War: William Wilberforce Wright & Curtis Wright featuring Civil War documents and photographs for the 150th observation of the U S Civil War.

Maple Leaf Quilt Show: Stories of History, Art & Politics in Cloth

Carthage Christmas 1900-1930


In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Carthage, the museum hosted the Missouri State Archives Traveling Exhibit: Divided Loyalties - Missouri During the Civil War

(Museum closed part of the year for major renovation of HVAC systems.)



Symbols of Collective Memory:  Photographic Survey of Missouri Courthouse Architecture courtesy of Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation and The Sheldon Art Gallery of St. Louis, Missouri. Was based on Dennis Weiser's book Missouri Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square. The 1895 Jasper County Courthouse Quilt was part of this temporay display.  Weisner's book can be consulted at the Powers Museum Reference Library.

The Art of Marian Wright Powers & Ida Chubb featuring painting on furniture and china by two Carthaginians from the founding collection of the Powers Museum.

Lee and Grant, a traveling exhibit from the On the Road program of the National Endowment for the Humanities courtesy the  Virginia Historical Society and Mid-America Art Alliance/ExhibitsUSA of Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for more details on exhibit and its sponsors.


2009 Exhibit featuring Powers Quilts & Handpainted Furniture by Ida Chubb

Southwest Missouri Quad Art Show
sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Counci

Art from the Powers Family Home (featuring early 20th American artists) along with Art from the Bank of Carthage Art Shows of the 1960s  & 1970s

Powers Museum Quilt Collection (by request for special digitization project) See two examples that were on view.  Courthouse Quilts and Rose of Sharon Quilts.

Entertaining Carthage through the Years
a look at various entertainment venues and leisure activities in honor of hosting the Missouri Humanities Council's "That's Entertainment" Chautauqua.


2007 Mapping Missouri traveling exhibit from the Missouri State Archives

Mapping Missouri
from the Missouri State Archives along with mini-display
Mapping Carthage

Click here to see two items from display.

Grand Ole Opry: Photographs by Gordon Gillingham courtesy Carthage Council on the Arts & Community Foundation of the Ozarks as arranged by Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Ozarks Plateau Initiative.

Veterans History Project: Selected 2006 & 2007 Interviewees along with Steward's Studio Veterans Proofs: Faces of War featuring the donated collection of glass plate negatives by Wilma Steward.


Letters of History
Exploration of how the museum has used its archival collection (the highlight of which is a 150+ box family letter collection created by the Wright and Powers families) to identify artifacts in the collection and relate that artifact's story and significance to either the Wright-Powers families or some other aspect of Carthage history.

Online document from the exhibit written by Milton Wright to Curtis Wright, 1912.

An example of this is the "Christmas Spider Web" created in one corner of the gallery. The non-traditional method of Christmas gift distribution among the Wright family was discovered through various holiday letters written by both children and adults during the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century.

Although displayed before, the "Rose of Sharon" quilts pieced by Mrs. Marian Wright Powers while studying music in New York City in the spring of 1917, were displayed along with the letters that related their construction and "trials" as reported home to husband Dr. Everett Powers.

In addition to the core exhibit, special mini-exhibits also were added throughout the year.

Company logo taken from letterhead stationary, 1905, in collection of Powers Museum Archives.

Reporting Back Home: Curtis Wright, Jr.'s Letters on the San Francisco Earthquake
In honor of the event's centennial, Curtis Wright and other Carthage investors started Pacific Spring Bed Company in Oakland, CA. Using Leggett & Platt patents, they manufactured and sold coil bed spring sets. Curtis' numerous letters home to the various members of the Wright and Powers families give a unique first-hand account of the earthquake and its effect on the entire metropolitan area of San Francisco and Oakland.

Online document from this exhibit.

Harold Bell Wright & Mrs. Marian Wright

Powers:  Discussing Early Ozarks Tourism
This mini-display examined the limited correspondence between distant cousins as they discuss the impact of H.B.Wright's Shepherd of the Hills book on the early tourism industry of Branson, Missouri.

Online document from this exhibit - Letter 1

Online document from this exhibit - Letter 2

Marian Wright Powers in her wedding dress, 1903, as seen in 2005 Exhibit


Two Fashionable Ladies – Female Fashions & Accessories
from the Wright-Powers Family Collections

Looking at Carthage in 1905 — Birth Year of R. Marlin Perkins & Marian Louisa Powers

Exhibits USA traveling exhibit Cool Breezes
featuring fashionable fans of the 19th & 20th centuries and augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.

Rogers (AR) Historical Musuem traveling exhibit Here Comes the Bride: Weddings in America augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.



Let's Play: Pastimes from the Past and
What's Cookin'?  Two Centuries of American Foodways, both traveling exhibits from Rogers Historical Museum and both augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.

Travels in the Interior of North America: The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition* from the Joslyn Art Museum as arranged by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Mapping the Historic Landscape: Lewis & Clark Across Missouri* from the Missouri State Archives.

*In honor of museum's hosting of the Missouri Humanities Council's Heartland Chautauqua (June 2004) honoring the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.


Defense Begins at Home -- Carthage Home Front During World War II
and special traveling exhibit: Produce for Victory: Home Front Posters of the 1940s from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service & Museum on Main Street program, courtesy the Missouri Humanities Council.

Missouri Women of Exception
from the Missouri Women's Council
Click here to see some of the Carthage women featured in state exhibit.



Missouri Mule from the Missouri State Museum and augmented with information on local mule breeders and shows.

Ticket to the Past: First 25 Years of the Missouri State Fair from the Missouri State Archives

Exploring Garden Transformations: 1900–2000 from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service; hosted by the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners with special funding from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation in honor of the Missouri Master Gardeners State Convention hosted by Ozarks Gateway Master Gardeners.

Textile Gardens: Powers Family Quilts


Mirror Images: Daguerre and the First Photographic Process
from the International Photography Hall of Fame with images from the Powers Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Light.

2000—02 Carthage in the New Century
(3 versions exploring different years from 1899 to 1909)

Gallery view of Bear's Paw quilts from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society (2000), one of several MAQS traveling quilt exhibits hosted in October by the Powers Museum.


Carthage in the 1860s and 1870s

Jasper County Courthouse Quilts, 1895 and 1995

Bear's Paw: New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival.


Introduction area of 1998 & 1999 exhibit, Celebrating Ten Years of History

1998 & 1999

Celebrating Ten Years of History: Inside the Powers Museum

Pillars of the State: A History of Missouri's State Capitols from the Missouri State Archives augmented with information on the Carthage limestone industry and their push to have local limestone in the statehouse.

Missouri's Past Preserved
from the Missouri State Archives

New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival (x in 1998 & Kalidescope in 1999).


Surviving Hardship: Carthage in the 1930s at look at the Era of the Great Depression including a special look at Christmas in the 1930s at the end of the year.

: New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival

November 1996 & 1998

Christmas through the Decades: 1890s—1990s
Wright Family Spider Web

1995 & 1996 exhibit view

1995 & 1996

Around the Square: Jasper County Courthouse and Its Neighbors in celebration of the Jasper County Courthouse Centennial that the museum co-sponsored


From Head to Toe: Ladies Fashion Accessories from the Powers Family Collection


Carthage Rebirth & Growth: 1866–1929


Carthage 1842-1992: 150 Years of History - Jasper County Celebrates!


Mirror of Fashion: Ladies Clothing in Carthage 1850–1950 along with smaller exhibits on Carthage in 1891 and Valentines of Yesterday


No Ordinary Duty: Life at Home during the World Wars along with a holiday display "Special Days: Selections from the Powers Family Holiday Collections"

Circus Heralds from the Circus World Museum in honor of Maple Leaf Festival Circus.


The Pursuit of Happiness: Leisure Activities in Carthage 1890–1930 with special mini-exhibits throughout the year featuring: Entertainment in Carthage, Toys, Puzzles & Games, Wish You Were Here (Postcards and Travel Souvenirs), Festive Tables, and Christmas 1885/1915/1930


Out of Boxes, Trunks & Drawers: A Museum Collection is Discovered featuring selections from the founding collection from the Marian Powers Winchester Estate

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