Kibbe will be breaking ground this year for a new wing of the museum. The new wing will connect the original museum building and the old city hall, which was transferred to the Kibbe after the city offices were moved to the courthouse square.
Upon completion, the footprint of the museum will be nearly double that of the original building with a total of over 10,000 square feet of display and storage space. Although final decisions about displays have not been made, the museum board is considering exhibits about county churches and schools as well as expansion of exhibits on natural history, banking, and barns.
The Kibbe Museum was originally built with private donations and then given to the city of Carthage. This expansion project is funded by the Kibbe Museim Hancock Heritage, Inc., with money raised by donations and the sale of gift store items to visitors.