Boone History Center

Take a look into the EXCITING past of Boone County! From heroes and heroines to fascinating exhibits, there is something here for everyone.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower, the wife of the 34th president of the United States, Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Boone, Iowa. At present the home is closed while future plans are determined. 

Hickory Grove School

After 5 years of restoration, the school bells ring at once again at Hickory Grove School. Come take a trip back in time to this one room school house.

Kate Shelley Park and Museum

Kate Shelley’s is a local heroine who stopped a train from reaching a washed out bridge and lead a rescue party back to the two survivors of the wreck in Honey Creek.
Come learn more about her heroic story and the area where she lived.


This year will be the start of a new history museum, a living museum, that invites your participation. Help history come alive this fall!!

Trail Tails

Enjoy the latest edition of Trail Tails and see what you are missing by not being a member!!!

Our Museums

Boone History Museums consists of four different museums located in Boone, Iowa We are proud to offer these exciting places to visit and explore for visitors of all ages and interests! Navigate through our site to learn more about all we have to offer, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Boone History Center
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
Hickory Grove School
Kate Shelley Park & Museum

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to

wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Boone History Center

Time for the first call for help from the community! Please consider helping keep BCHS alive. The cupboards were left bare when the Board all resigned last Thursday.

BCHS needs to make a quarterly payment toward insurance in the amount of $1,323.00 by this Thursday. This is the policy that provides property and liability coverage for the History Center and MDEB.

There is an Alliant Energy bill that is past due and another Alliant bill due at the end of January.

At this point, BCHS will be focusing on keeping the lights and heat on and insurance coverage current. Total bills are well in excess of $10,000.00 and likely much more.

There will be NO “private parties” for the Board members and their select group of friends, NO events that lose thousands of dollars, NO paid employees, NO exorbinant spending on unnecessary items and NO egregious inquisitions to terminate memberships. We are in a stabilization and preservation phase.

Please consider contributing anything you can to literally keep the lights and heat on at the History Center and MDEB.
Contributions can be directed to:
Post Office:
Boone County Historical Society
PO Box 172
Boone, IA 50036
Boone Bank & Trust and ask to make a deposit to the Boone County Historical Society. Either branch.

Thank you in advance to everyone that is able to help!
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