Historic home lovers from across the region will enjoy making their donation to the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation's mammogram program this October.

Historic home lovers from across the region will enjoy making their donation to the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation's mammogram program this October.
For the first time, the MBHF purchased a Carthage home with the plan to host a designer showcase home tour. The featured residence is the Mitchell House, 903 S. Main, which dates back to the 1800s. The tours will be Oct. 5-23: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m. The foundation encourages groups to call ahead, but tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
"We have experience with medical office buildings but never a home," said Beth Simmons, with the MBHF. "We started thinking about this a couple years ago. A committee of Miriam Putnam, Lora Phelps, Shala (Rogler) and myself started thinking about homes that would lend themselves to possibly be re-done. No matter how beautiful they are, maybe just do a little update on them. We thought it might be good to benefit the mammogram program, might be a way to not only benefit our community hospital, Mercy Carthage, but also a way to bring people into town. Eat at our restaurants, go to our gift shops, and take advantage of some of the other beautiful landmarks and facilities we have like the Phelps House, the library gardens or the Powers Museum – we just thought it would be a nice attraction for people out-of-town to come see one of our homes."
The foundation purchased the home in July, and announced the designer showcase tour at a "Speakeasy Party" in July. The main designer is Nathan Taylor and a team with Obelisk. The rest of the designers who will bring a contemporary family ambience to the home are: Don Bauer, with Lagiappe Interiors; Emma Pound; Pam Mense and Amber Sachetta with Madison Lane Interiors; Melanie Hudson-DeNicola with Signature Granite; Haden Crusa Long with Ellecor Design; Carol McRoy; and Emma Lambeth.
"It's always good to showcase the people in your community who really have talent and are so willing to commit their time and effort for a good program," Simmons said. "It is a team of several designers working together with (Nathan) ... It's people with Carthage connections coming to help us – which is very exciting."
For the past 60 years, the historic home has been loved by the Flanigan family. After the showcase in October, and a tentative plan to open the doors again to the community during the Holiday Homes Tour with Carthage Historic Preservation, the foundation's plan is to re-sell the home in 2017.
"They [the Flanigans] have fond memories of growing up there, and enjoying the house as a family and they'd like to see that happen again," Simmons said. "As David said, the pitter-patter of little feet ... It's such a neat house. It has a wonderful yard, two story, partial basement with an attached garage – The view from utility room is incredible. You can be doing something as mundane as laundry and look out your window to see the Courthouse."
To order tickets for the tour in October, or for more information, please call the MBHF at 417-313-5048.

More About the Home
According to www.findagrave.com which sites Carthage Evening Press, Jonas A Mitchell (1833-1916) lived in the home upon coming to Carthage until his death. He and G.A. Cassil owned the Bank of Carthage. Italianate built in 1881 by Mitchell, the low, hipped roof, round-headed windows, and paired brackets under the wide eaves, are typical of this style. By 1903, Mitchell added the front portico with Carthage marble. The cast iron cresting above the side porches and the iron fence that surrounds the yard are significant and rare, since WWII saw many sacrificed to war material drives. There is also a two-story brick carriage house in the back.
The other later occupants of the home listed are: Louis E Koken, James Luke (1920-1925), once a Board of Director of Bank of Carthage, Walter E Carter, a later president of Bank of Carthage, and most recently, Judge George and Patricia Flanigan since after WWII).

MBHF Mission
To promote and support programs, organizations and initiatives that directly contribute to better health and healthy lifestyles for the citizens of Carthage, Missouri through financial grants and volunteer activities.
The foundation uses a dual front approach: Help organizations and programs to meet immediate needs and help organize and support large initiatives that have ongoing impact in the community.
All those who seek and receive our help should have a direct influence on the health and healthy lifestyle choices of the Carthage Community with an emphasis on healthcare, nutrition, programs that promote physical activity and organizations that encourage sound mental health.