The following is a list of events of the Powers Museum's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
• Sunday, June 30 is Kick-off Day. Museum open noon-6 p.m.
Noon: Silent Auction (bidding ends 5:30 p.m.)
Noon-2 p.m.: Special prizes these hours for finding our outside or inside Geocaches and Letterbox unit (latter item inside for Sunday afternoon)
2 p.m.: Anniversary Observation (plaque unveiling, brief remarks & refreshments)
3 p.m.: Digital Project Debut & Scavenger Hunt of selected digital items on site – FY 2012-13 Digital Project work courtesy in part by Carthage Community Foundation and the State Historical Society of Missouri through a Richard Brownlee Research Grant
4 pm.: Music on the 1905 Powers' Knabe Piano (museum's largest artifact)
5:30 p.m.: Silent Auction Closes
• Monday, July 1, museum closed to the public.
• Tuesday, July 2 is “Teddy Bear Tuesday.” Bring your own teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal and listen to tales of Teddy B. and Teddy G. that Marian Louisa Powers would have heard while she was growing up. Free Coloring sheets and photos with Marian's 1909 teddy bear will be available, too. Session #1 at 11 am and session #2 at 2 pm. Free activity but advance reservations advised as seating/activity area is limited.
Notice to groups (ie. day care businesses, VBSs, summer camps) This activity and selected ones below can be repeated other days/times this summer (July through mid-August) with advance registration and subject to staff/volunteer availability.
• Wednesday, July 3 is Scrapbooking History. Come take a look at museum donor Marian Louisa Powers' childhood scrapbooks from the early 1920s and get tips on making modern scrapbooks/journals to record family stories and photographs. Hands-on activity led by Merre Putnam, Creative memories consultant, who will also advise how to take meaningful photographs for your projects. Session #1 at 11 am and Session #2 at 2 p.m. Seating limited so advance registration is advised and donation of $3 per person is requested to offset supplies.
• On Thursday, Fourth of July, the museum will be open from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Come visit and try some of the hands-on activities available only on the holiday. Red, White & Blue treats for visitors.
• Friday, July 5 is GREETINGS! Come see a special mini-display of funny greeting cards from the Powers family collection then try your hand at making a poster-size, fold-up card based on one of the museum's examples. Two sessions available 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. (Open to any age but young children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Seating limited so advance registration is advised. Donation suggestion of $2 per person to offset supplies.)
• Saturday, July 6 is “Saturday at the Movies.” Sit a bit in the meeting room/library and watch historic silent movies and vintage Carthage videos. Also special for the day, a mini-display of past movie theaters in Carthage and Hollywood stars with Carthage connections. Free popcorn for movie viewers.
• Sunday, July 7 is Puzzle Sunday. Hands-on play all afternoon with historic puzzles from the Powers family collection and monthly "Curator Picks" program at 2 p.m., on collecting puzzles including tips for finding Carthage-made Topsy Turvy puzzles of the 1930s.
• Monday, July 8, museum closed to the public.
• Tuesday, July 9 is Story Hour with Mary Frances and the Kitchen People. Come hear a story about a little girl and the live kitchen utensils and cooking equipment that populate her world. Free coloring sheets and cookies afterwards. One session only at 2 p.m. (Free activity but seating limited so advance registration is advised.)
• Wednesday, July 10 is “Everyone's a Photographer.” With cameras on our phones, anyone can take pictures any time, any where! Come take a look at old cameras and photos then make a photo print of your own using the sun (similar to old cyanotypes in the museum's collections). One session only at 2 pm. (Open to any age but young children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Seating and supplies limited so advance registration is advised. Suggested donation of $ per person to offset supplies.)
• Thursday, July 11 is “SNAKES!” Learn about snakes from a Famous Carthaginian - zoologist and TV personality Marlin Perkins - as we read a school essay he wrote as a child. Free snakes (plastic versions!) given to attendees as well as comic sheets to color from Perkins' 1960s television show. One session only at 11 am. (Free event but seating -- and snakes -- are limited, so advance registration is advised.)
• Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13: Summer Rummage Sale. Come get some bargains and help support the museum. Weather permitting, sale held inside and out (but mostly IN). Household, holiday and educational items plus other goods donated from museum friends including books, magazines, craft supplies and more. REGULAR Museum hours 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., each day.
• Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15, the museum will return to normal hours.