The Powers museum in Carthage will shutdown

A long-time museum in Carthage announced Tuesday that it was closing. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Powers Museum in Carthage, MO

The Powers Museum first opened its doors in 1986, across the street from the city’s Municipal Park along Route 66. The Museum was a gift to the residents of Carthage from Marian Powers Winchester. According to the Powers Museums website, she passed away in 1981 and, “left a bequest for the establishment and operation of a museum for the citizens of Carthage and the surrounding area.”

The Powers closed in March of last year due to the pandemic and never reopened. The final exhibit was titled “Growing Up In Carthage”, a display to explore Carthage places, events, and traditions through childhood experiences in the 20th century. Power Board President, Kavan Stull, told that the Museum’s board voted to shut down in January and that Carthage-specific artifacts and display cases will be transferred to other locations.


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