Carthage Collegiate Institute Site (no longer standing), westside of 1400 Block of South Main
Backstory and Context
The college offered high school and junior college level experiences. Operations continued until 1908 when low attendance and funding issues forced the closing of the college. The building served as an apartment building when it was acquired by the Carthage School Board which used some of the classrooms for overcrowding relief within the larger school system for a short period. Eventually the structure was razed and Mark Twain Elementary School was built on the former college site. Mark Twain Elementary still occupies the site today (see Clio entry for Mark Twain Elementary School, 1435 South Main Street).
Among CCI's notable graduates were journalist and author Leigh Mitchell Hodges and astronomer and author Harlow Shapley. Marian Lucy Wright, who would go on to marry Dr. Powers in 1903, graduated from CCI in 1900. The Powers Museum, a local history museum for the city, is named for her and her husband (see Clio entries Powers Museum and Powers Home).
Hansford, Michele Newton. Images of America: Carthage Missouri. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Carthage Collegiate Institute, Harlow Shapley, Leigh Mitchell Hodges
College image former Powers Museum exhibit image, c 1895-1900
Advertisement from Carthage Evening Press, August 21, 1905