The Kibbe Museum in Carthage has found a solution to its growing pains.It will build a new 40' by 60' addition to the east of the existing complex.Storage space has been in short supply since the museum accepted an extensive collection last year that filled two semi-trailers.It came from the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield which closed its doors for good in 2009.Items from the collection have been stored in a building belonging to a local manufacturer. Mayor Jim Nightingale says that donation is coming to an end.
The hearse was part of a collection the city's Kibbe Museum acquired last year It was originally displayed at the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield. That museum closed for good in 2009.The late 1960s Cadillac model was recently damaged when a volunteer backed it into a pole.Mayor Jim Nightingale says the hearse was in storage. It was being moved to get access to a horse-drawn hearse when a volunteer backed it into a pole.