Past Exhibits

2016

  • Fashionable Ladies of Carthage featured the 1903 wedding dress and a circa 1910-1915 recital gown worn by coloratura soprano Marian Wright Powers. Items from the Powers Museum Collections that have rarely been on display included a 19th century paisley shawl, beaded and decorated dresses of the 1920s, kimono dressing gowns, gloves, hats, shoes, jewelry, purses, fans and parasols.

2014 - 2015

  • Never Seen Before: Selections from Collections Never Displayed Before
  • Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show

2013

  • In honor of the museum's 25th Anniversary, the exhibit was titled “Out of Boxes, Trunks & Drawers: A Museum Collection is Revisited” and featured the Founding Collection of the Marian Powers Winchester Estate. This exhibit re-introduced Dr. Everett & Marian Wright Powers to the public with selections from their home and professional life.

2012

Due to museum renovations, several smaller exhibits were displayed including:

  • Father and Son Go to War: William Wilberforce Wright & Curtis Wright: Featuring Civil War documents and photographs for the 150th observation of the end of the U.S. Civil War.
  • Maple Leaf Quilt Show: Stories of History, Art & Politics in Cloth
  • Carthage Christmas 1900-1930

2011

  • In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Carthage, the museum hosted the Missouri State Archives Traveling Exhibit Divided Loyalties: Missouri During the Civil War.

2010

  • Symbols of Collective Memory: Photographic Survey of Missouri Courthouse Architecture courtesy of Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation and The Sheldon Art Gallery of St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibit was based on Dennis Weiser's book Missouri Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square. The 1895 Jasper County Courthouse Quilt was part of this temporary display. Weisner's book can be consulted at the Powers Museum Reference Library.
  • The Art of Marian Wright Powers & Ida Chubb featuring painting on furniture and china by two Carthaginians from the founding collection of the Powers Museum.
  • Lee and Grant, a traveling exhibit from the On the Road program of the National Endowment for the Humanities courtesy the Virginia Historical Society and Mid-America Art Alliance/ExhibitsUSA of Kansas City, Missouri.

2009

The 2009 exhibit featured Powers Quits and hand painted furniture by Ida Chubb

The 2009 exhibit featured Powers Quits and hand painted furniture by Ida Chubb

  • Southwest Missouri Quad Art Show sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Council
  • Art from the Powers Family Home (featuring early 20th American artists) along with Art from the Bank of Carthage Art Shows of the 1960s & 1970s
  • Powers Museum Quilt Collection (by request for special digitization project) featured Courthouse Quilts and Rose of Sharon Quilts.

2008

  • Entertaining Carthage through the Years was a look at various entertainment venues and leisure activities in honor of hosting the Missouri Humanities Council's "That's Entertainment" Chautauqua.

2007

2007 Mapping Missouri traveling exhibit

2007 Mapping Missouri traveling exhibit

  • Mapping Missouri from the Missouri State Archives along with mini-display Mapping Carthage
  • Grand Ole Opry: Photographs by Gordon Gillingham courtesy of the Carthage Council on the Arts & Community Foundation of the Ozarks as arranged by Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Ozarks Plateau Initiative.
  • Veterans History Project: Selected 2006 & 2007 Interviewees along with Steward's Studio Veterans Proofs: Faces of War featuring the collection of glass plate negatives donated by Wilma Steward.

2006

  • Letters of History. Exploration of how the museum has used its archival collection (the highlight of which is a 150+ box family letter collection created by the Wright and Powers families) to identify artifacts in the collection and relate that artifact's story and significance to either the Wright-Powers families or some other aspect of Carthage history. An example of this is the "Christmas Spider Web" created in one corner of the gallery. The non-traditional method of Christmas gift distribution among the Wright family was discovered through various holiday letters written by both children and adults during the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century. Although displayed before, the "Rose of Sharon" quilts pieced by Mrs. Marian Wright Powers while studying music in New York City in the spring of 1917, were displayed along with the letters that related their construction and "trials" as reported home to husband Dr. Everett Powers.
  • Reporting Back Home: Curtis Wright, Jr.'s Letters on the San Francisco Earthquake. In honor of the event's centennial, Curtis Wright and other Carthage investors started Pacific Spring Bed Company in Oakland, CA. Using Leggett & Platt patents, they manufactured and sold coil bed spring sets. Curtis' numerous letters home to the various members of the Wright and Powers families give a unique first-hand account of the earthquake and its effect on the entire metropolitan area of San Francisco and Oakland.
  • Harold Bell Wright & Mrs. Marian Wright
  • Powers:  Discussing Early Ozarks Tourism. This mini-display examined the limited correspondence between distant cousins as they discuss the impact of H.B.Wright's Shepherd of the Hills book on the early tourism industry of Branson, Missouri.

2005

Marian Wright Powers in her wedding dress, 1903

Marian Wright Powers in her wedding dress, 1903

  • Two Fashionable Ladies – Female Fashions & Accessories from the Wright-Powers Family Collections
  • Looking at Carthage in 1905 — Birth Year of R. Marlin Perkins & Marian Louisa Powers
  • Exhibits USA traveling exhibit Cool Breezes featuring fashionable fans of the 19th & 20th centuries and augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.
  • Rogers (Arkansas) Historical Museum traveling exhibit Here Comes the Bride: Weddings in America augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.

2004

  • Let's Play: Pastimes from the Past was a traveling exhibit from Rogers Historical Museum and augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.
  • What's Cookin'?  Two Centuries of American Foodways was a traveling exhibit from Rogers Historical Museum and augmented with selections from the Powers Museum collections.
  • Travels in the Interior of North America: The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition from the Joslyn Art Museum as arranged by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. In honor of museum's hosting of the Missouri Humanities Council's Heartland Chautauqua (June 2004) honoring the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
  • Mapping the Historic Landscape: Lewis & Clark Across Missouri from the Missouri State Archives. In honor of museum's hosting of the Missouri Humanities Council's Heartland Chautauqua (June 2004) honoring the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

2003

  • Defense Begins at Home -- Carthage Home Front During World War II and special traveling exhibit: Produce for Victory: Home Front Posters of the 1940s from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service & Museum on Main Street program, courtesy the Missouri Humanities Council.
  • Missouri Women of Exception from the Missouri Women's Council

2002

  • Missouri Mule from the Missouri State Museum and augmented with information on local mule breeders and shows.
  • Ticket to the Past: First 25 Years of the Missouri State Fair from the Missouri State Archives
  • Exploring Garden Transformations: 1900–2000 from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service; hosted by the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners with special funding from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation in honor of the Missouri Master Gardeners State Convention hosted by Ozarks Gateway Master Gardeners.

2001

  • Mirror Images: Daguerre and the First Photographic Process from the International Photography Hall of Fame with images from the Powers Museum Collection. Gift of Alice Light.

2000 - 2002

  • Carthage in the New Century - three versions of the exhibit explored different years from 1899 to 1909.

2000

  • Bear's Paw: New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival.

1998 - 1999

  • Celebrating Ten Years of History: Inside the Powers Museum
  • Pillars of the State: A History of Missouri's State Capitols from the Missouri State Archives augmented with information on the Carthage limestone industry and their push to have local limestone in the statehouse.
  • Missouri's Past Preserved from the Missouri State Archives
  • New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival (in 1998 & Kalidescope in 1999).
  • Christmas through the Decades: 1890s - 1990s

1997

  • Surviving Hardship: Carthage in the 1930s at look at the Era of the Great Depression including a special look at Christmas in the 1930s.
  • New Quilts from an Old Favorite from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society for Maple Leaf Festival

1995 - 1996

From the 1995 and 1996 Carthage exhibit

From the 1995 and 1996 Carthage exhibit

  • Around the Square: Jasper County Courthouse and Its Neighbors in celebration of the Jasper County Courthouse Centennial that the museum co-sponsored
  • Christmas through the Decades: 1890s - 1990s

1994

  • From Head to Toe: Ladies Fashion Accessories from the Powers Family Collection

1993

  • Carthage Rebirth & Growth: 1866–1929

1992

  • Carthage 1842-1992: 150 Years of History - Jasper County Celebrates!

1991

  • Mirror of Fashion: Ladies Clothing in Carthage 1850–1950
  • Carthage in 1891
  • Valentines of Yesterday

1990

  • No Ordinary Duty: Life at Home during the World Wars
  • Special Days: Selections from the Powers Family Holiday Collections
  • Circus Heralds from the Circus World Museum in honor of Maple Leaf Festival Circus

1989

  • The Pursuit of Happiness: Leisure Activities in Carthage 1890–1930 with special mini-exhibits throughout the year featuring: Entertainment in Carthage, Toys, Puzzles & Games, Wish You Were Here (Postcards and Travel Souvenirs), Festive Tables, and Christmas 1885/1915/1930

1988

  • Out of Boxes, Trunks & Drawers: A Museum Collection is Discovered featuring selections from the founding collection from the Marian Powers Winchester Estate