The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 28, 2013

Powers Museum celebrates 25th anniversary

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St., is observing its 25th anniversary with celebration activities Sunday through July 13.

The activities are planned to honor the Powers family and the establishment of the Powers Museum in June, 1988.

  • The 25th anniversary kick-off is scheduled Sunday. The museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. The schedule of activities include a silent auction, geocache and letterboxing, a plaque unveiling, music and scavenger hunt.
  • Tuesday is Teddy Bear day. People may bring their own teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal and listen to tales of Teddy B. and Teddy G. that Marian Louisa Powers would have heard while she was growing up. Free coloring sheets and photos with Marian's 1909 teddy bear will be available, too. The first session is at 11 a.m. and the second session is at 2 p.m.
  • Scrapbooking history is featured Wednesday. People can take a look at museum donor Marian Louisa Powers' childhood scrapbooks from the early 1920s and get tips on making modern scrapbooks and journals to record family stories and photographs.

    The first session is at 11 a.m. and the second session is at 2 p.m. Seating is limited so advance registration is advised and donation of $3 per person is requested to offset supplies.
  • On Thursday, July 4, special holiday hours will be 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be some hands-on activities available and red, white and blue treats for visitors.
  • Friday, July 5, is Greetings Day. A mini-display of funny greeting cards from the Powers family collection will be available.

    Two sessions available 11 am and 2 p.m. (Open to any age but young children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Seating limited so advance registration is advised. Donation suggestion of $2 per person to offset supplies.)
  • Saturday, July 6, is movies day. People can watch historic silent movies and vintage Carthage videos.
  • Puzzle Sunday is slated on Sunday, July 7. There will be hands-on play all afternoon with historic puzzles from the Powers family collection and monthly "Curator Picks" program at 2 p.m. on collecting puzzles.
  • On Tuesday, July 9, there will be a story hour at 2 p.m. with Mary Frances and the Kitchen People. Free coloring sheets and cookies available afterwards. The activity is free but seating is limited, so advance registration is advised.
  • A photography course is slated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. People can take a look at old cameras and photos then make a photo print of their own using the sun (similar to old cyanotypes in the museum's collections).

    The event is open to any age but young children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.
  • A program on snakes is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11. The program will feature a school essay written as a child by famous Carthaginian, zoologist and TV personality Marlin Perkins.
  • The summer rummage sale will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. It will include household, holiday and educational items plus other goods donated from museum friends including books, magazines, craft supplies and more.

Details: 417-237-0456 or

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