This year is the Powers Museum's 26th anniversary and the celebration will include a special program on June 22.

This year is the Powers Museum's 26th anniversary and the celebration will include a special program on June 22.
The museum, located at 1617 West Oak Street, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. that day, with Connie Winfrey Grisier (formerly of Joplin, now living in Marshall, Missouri) presenting "Dawn to Dusk Fashion Show: Historical Interpretation of 1860s Victorian Clothing" at 2 p.m. using dolls and the presenter's own costumes. The program and admission are free but donations are encouraged to off-set travel expenses to bring Ms. Grisier to Carthage.
Other activities for the anniversary open house (prior to and after the 2 p.m. presentation) include geo-caching opportunities and a scavenger hunt with prizes. A silent auction will be held with bidding being conducted from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For 26 years the museum has housed and displayed artifacts of Carthage's rich cultural heritage as well as offered Chautauqua programs, lectures such as this one, exhibits, and research assistance to thousands of residents and tourists, all free to the public and using no tax revenue.
It has existed from the trust fund set up by the estate of Marian Powers Winchester as well as voluntary donations and grants from various sources. Some expenses, such as providing a climate-controlled environment for the museum collection, have increased dramatically over the years.
While money still remains in the trust fund, the board of the museum faces the reality of needing to reduce the amount of money for operating expenses that it draws from the fund if it is going to sustain the museum another 26 years.
This year the Museum's Board of Directors will begin increasing its fundraising activities, the first effort being a program to allow museum supporters to show their appreciation for what the museum has and continues to do for the community.
By becoming a friend of the museum ($25 individual, $35 family, $100 patron, $500 benefactor, and $1000 corporate) each year, you are supporting the continued focus on Carthage history that is the mission of the museum. In addition, you will receive a 20% discount in the museum gift shop, invitations to special events, and a biennial newsletter focusing on Carthage history. The first issue's theme will be the history of the Powers Museum and submissions from the community of short articles will be considered for inclusion.
Upcoming newsletter themes will be the Carthage Woolen Mill, the Hercules Powder Explosion, World War I, Route 66, Maple Leaf Festival, and Marian Days. All “friends” donating this year, will be honored as Charter Friends with a plaque including their names in the museum’s lobby.
For more information about the museum, follow us on Facebook and check our website: To become a friend or submit an idea or an article for the newsletter, contact us at Powers Museum, PO Box 593, Carthage, Mo. 64836 or call 417-237-0456.