What better time to celebrate Carthage’s heritage and growth than the Powers Museum’s 25th anniversary.

What better time to celebrate Carthage’s heritage and growth than the Powers Museum’s 25th anniversary.

Sunday kicks off a full schedule of events at the museum until July 13. It’s a time to celebrate and learn at the same time for locals of all ages.

“The decade of the 1980s was a good time for Carthage,” said Michele Hansford, director of the Powers Museum. “There was a lot of expansion, new construction, new groups like artCentral and Victorian Carthage, a revival of tourism for the Precious Moments, and the museum is a part of that decade.”

Since its establishment in 1987 from generous gifts within the Carthage community, the museum’s collection has expanded beyond the original collection of the Powers and Winchester families. Today, it continues as a repository for Carthage’s heritage and culture.

The digital project is up to about 1,000 historical items online through the museum’s website thanks to grants from the Carthage Community Foundation and the Richard Brownlee Research Grant from the State Historical Society of Missouri. Hansford said this year 1,000 more items will be added to the online collection, and just continue to grow as the years go on.

“With the digital project there are a lot of different audiences,” Hansford said. “I would say 80 percent comes from the reference library, there are selected items from the Civil War, just a sampling of the museum’s collection. We have a very large archival collection, and it goes much further than (Mrs. Winchester’s) Toot’s things.”

A New Book
Hansford called it “a nod to the anniversary celebration.”

“Images of America: Carthage 1940-1990,” has a tentative release date of Aug. 1, 2013. The book is a representation of the donations from the museum’s 25 years in establishment. In this focused segment of time, Hansford said the Square transforms from the Victorian Era into how it appears today. There is a chapter on Carthage’s “back door” perspective of the Historic Route 66, and the businesses that lined it.

“We’ve worked hard on it and we hope the community will enjoy it,” Hansford said.