Volunteer Activities at the Powers Museum

Would You Like to Assist the Museum?

The Powers Museum is always looking for individuals who can assist us with special projects and general operations. You determine how often you want to help!


Volunteers assist in monitoring the exhibit gallery and assisting visitors.


Duties include meeting and greeting visitors on arrival, orienting them to museum and its services, and assisting, if necessary, with portions of the exhibits that are hands-on. Work can be done a couple hours each week or every other week as your schedule permits.  Volunteers are needed especially during the noon hour through early afternoon period of operationbut other times of service are available.


One of the ongoing projects of the museum is the computerization of its collection records and volunteers are needed to enter data into the computer per a repeatable form. Workers are always needed any time of the year, even when the museum is closed to the public. Instruction is given 2-3 times a year so interested parties can start just about any time.  If you are new to computers and want a little experience learning the keyboard and basic skills, this is a possible project for you!

Volunteer scanners are needed as well, experienced or inexperienced. The museum has hundreds of photographs, postcards, sheet music, ephemera, books and other print materials that need to be scanned to go with collection records.

Trenton Tubbs Eagle Scout Project, 1988, located behind museum facility. Nature Trail CLOSED due to serious winter storm damage over the past years. Volunteers sought for re-habilitation project. Could qualify for Master Gardener and Master Naturalist hours.



Those looking for educational internships are welcome to inquire about ongoing research projects that may need assistance including several future exhibit projects on Carthage architecture and World War I homefront that will be ongoing through 2017.

Curatorial internships are available, too, for those wishing to work with artifacts or archives in storage (cleaning, encapsulating, marking, covering archival garment hangers, organizing archival collections, etc.).

Also, the museum is always happy to talk to Scouts, church groups, and other service groups wishing to work on special projects inside and outside the museum that may qualify for service badges or service credit. Please contact the museum for suggestions (417-237-0456) or email at powersmuseum@att.net.




Image at the top of this page:

Red Cross instructor teaching volunteers in first aid techniques at the old Carthage Public Library (downstairs, old section), 1917.

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