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.
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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. Come see her birthplace home.
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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.

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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.
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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!

“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.”

— Mamie Eisenhower

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What is important about history? Why does it matter if we preserve artifacts, stories, and photos from the past? Who cares if old buildings are torn down, why save them? There is undeniable power in remembering. Remembering, or discovering an event that happened where you live, strikes a cord in every human being. Studies suggest that remembering actually taps into our psyche and helps us stay connected to our aging selves over the human lifespan. Occasionally, at the Boone History Center, a person fighting dementia will come in with a caregiver in an attempt to journey back or spark a memory that tethers some valuable link to the present. See (below) one study* that touches on this aspect of reviving memories as part of self-care and enrichment. Another reason it is vital for communities to preserve history is so Americans, as human beings, have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. As a nation that seeks to build and flourish, museums have been a key piece of building on the foundations of our country. For kids, we are responsible to offer some positive and affirming "teachable moments" to our youth. Legacies are part of the mission of any effective museum. Children need healthy community assets and opportunities to discover such things as the founders of their town, or to see that mammoths really did walk the tundra before Iowa prairies appeared, and that Boone is a city elder to Ames by 15-years! Collectively we communicate with each other based on the records that carry us into current events. Communication, learning and growth are vital for a successful Historical Society, and for our nation, from small towns to large cities, and these are a few reasons why keeping a community record is essential to Boone residents. Please consider supporting Boone History Museums, attending our events in 2017, becoming a Society member or renewing an old membership. Thank you. *Link to source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3690616/#__ffn_sectitle

YESTERBOONE--->Have you liked our new educational event? It's called YesterBoone and it's happening on September 29,30-October 1st! Prizes for best History presentations in the following categories: fixed-exhibits, collections and performance history! More opportunities will be shared for this event -- coming soon!