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August 25, 2013

Jo Ellis: Pictorial history book features Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Want to see how the Boots Drive-In looked in its heyday? Now you can. The sequel to a Carthage pictorial history book will be on the shelves Saturday.

Compiled by Powers Museum curator Michelle Hansford and historian Wayne Nutter, the history of Carthage from the 1940s to the 1990s is told in over 200 images with captions by Nutter. The first book covered the 1870s through the 1930s.

Hansford said the photographs were gathered from Carthage residents who have donated them from family albums over the museum’s past 25 years, from the Powers estate and from city brochures. In a few instances where a historical photo was unavailable, a contemporary photo was used.

The book’s format follows the previous publication, with chapters that highlight scenes from around the square and nearby, business and industry, education, worship, leisure and community events, and a catch-all “in and around Carthage.” The new book contains an additional section, “Crossroads of America,” featuring images of historic Route 66, which has brought recognition to Carthage ever since the highway’s construction in the late 1920s.

Sales of the book will begin Saturday during museum hours. A mini-exhibit of the original photographs will be displayed at the museum. Hansford will be available to sign the book, and Nutter may be there for a short time also.

The cost of the book will be $21.99 plus tax. A printed index will be provided free to those purchasing books during the first weekend. The index and additional information on the photos will be posted to the museum’s website in a new section devoted to the book. While the book will be available at other locations around the town, the museum will receive a larger portion of the revenue from direct sales.

As a gesture of thanks, Hansford said, the museum will put on a reception Friday night for those who have assisted with the publication whether through donated images, research or proofreading.

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