Educational Resources for Teachers & Home Schoolers

Student Tours are welcomed at the museum during our regular season and special interest activities can be arranged with advance notice so that regardless of the annual exhibit theme, your visit can be made to relate to your curriculum. "History hunt" games, videos, coloring sheets and other hands-on activities are usually part of every exhibit. Reservations are required.

History Field Days for entire grades or combination of grades can be arranged and include additional indoor and outdoor activities relating to history or nature beyond the main gallery exhibit experience. Since local performers and/or nearby historical site staff persons assist us, these events need to be scheduled at the start of either semester so they can be properly organized. If you wish further information on a History Field Day, please call the museum.


Looking for biographical resources for "Famous Missourians in History" projects?

Famous Carthaginians: Carthage Hall of Heroes

For more Famous Missourians see State Historical Society of Missouri's "Famous Missourians" Resource Guide for Teachers and Students


Books & Vertical Files on "Famous Carthaginians" available for consultation at the Powers Museum (several of these names have more than one title or file available although only one holding is shown with their name here)

Emily Newell Blair

Marlin Perkins

Harlow Shapley

Leigh Mitchell Hodges

James Scott

Belle Starr

J P Leggett

C B Platt

James Clarkson

Emma Knell

Ella Harrison

Marian Wright Powers

Judge Joseph Perkins

Museum can make other suggestions, too. Contact us for more information about your student project. We also have files on some other non-local "famous" folks both in Missouri and elsewhere.


In School Programs

As allowed by the museum personnel schedules, school presentations can be made in Carthage but must be arranged at least one month in advance of event. Mondays are preferred for these visits, subject to staff/volunteer availability and work projects.

Among programs presented in the past: demonstrations and hands-on activities on historic Valentines and Christmas tree decorations, Victorian life, fashions and quilts.


Eric Peer NHD project, 2010

National History Day

The Powers Museum welcomes the opportunity to assist students and teachers with National History Day projects including the suggestion of annual theme topics that might be applicable to museum collections/archives or other local history events.

Also, teachers are advised to consult the Library/ArchivesArchives & Library section of this website for further information on research resources. Another resource for research is the Digital Collection website but not all the museum's holdings will ever be listed so consultation with museum personnel is advised.

The museum encourages students and teachers in any nearby districts to display their projects at the museum after the district and/or state contests. Please call 417-237-0456 for further information.



Image at the top of this page:

Miss Beckman's Room 3 class at Mark Twain School, 1919–20

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