Selected Past Exhibits
2014 Never Seen Before: Selections from Collections Never Displayed Before
Among many items displayed were additional pieces from the Carol Perkins Estate including awards given to Marlin Perkins and the rare books collected by his father, Judge Joseph Perkins as well as other donations from the founding collection and general donations the past 26 years.
October 2014: Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show
Focus was on historic quilts loaned from the community including selections from Lori East, Schoolhouse Block/Quilt Collection.
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.
Southwest Missouri Quad Art Show
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
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.
Reporting Back Home: Curtis Wright, Jr.'s Letters on the San Francisco Earthquake
Harold Bell Wright & Mrs. Marian Wright
Powers: Discussing Early Ozarks Tourism
Looking at Carthage in 1905 — Birth Year of R. Marlin Perkins & Marian Louisa Powers
Exhibits USA traveling exhibit Cool Breezes
Rogers (AR) Historical Musuem traveling exhibit Here Comes the Bride: Weddings in America 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.
Missouri Women of Exception
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.
2000—02 Carthage in the New Century
Bear's Paw: New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival.
1998 & 1999
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
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
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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