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. Open Tues. through Sat. 10 am to 5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm

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.

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

“You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.”

— James R. Sherman

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What a generous community we live in! Thanks to generous donations from Ginny & Neil Goeppinger the bedroom at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Museum is back to being furnished with period appropriate furniture. Tracy Anderson, Saints Avenue Cafe, donated an enclosed trailer for moving the furniture, Redeker Furniture loaned moving blankets and tape, Boone Construction labor for loading & unloading & special thanks to Dewey & Eric for doing the heavy lifting.

The bedroom set was originally in the Hubbell Mansion, now Terrace Hill. The oak furniture previously in the bedroom, that has been returned to History Colorado, represented what the Doud’s had when they lived in Boone. By the time Mamie’s family moved to Denver they were wealthy and the current furnishings are representative of the type furniture they would have had then.

The museum will remain open Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm & Sunday 1:30 to 5:00 pm. through October 31st.
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Great news! 😁
At last Monday’s Boone County Historical Society Board meeting the Board reported:
• They’ve received three affordable quotes for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. Although the cost is still higher than last year’s premium, the Society can afford the necessary insurance and will continue operations.
• On September 9th the court approved, without prejudice, an agreement between the Society and the plaintiffs, who filed a lawsuit against the previous board. The claims against the Society have been dismissed.
• They’ve received a final quote from the shipping company that will be shipping the artifacts at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace that were on loan from History Colorado. The quote is considerably less than previously stated. The company will pack, load, and ship the artifacts on September 23rd.
• The Neil Goeppinger family has kindly agreed to donate a period-appropriate bed, mattress, box springs, bedspread, and dresser to take the place of the returned artifacts. This means Mamie’s Birthplace will be in good shape for future tours, which is necessary because almost 100 people visited the Birthplace in just the first two weeks of September.
• The Society was able to pay off all of its debt last month, with money left over.
• Bill Lusher and current Board members met last Wednesday with the committee that awards CAT grants. The meeting went so well that the committee has given the Society an extension until December 31, 2020 to finish meeting the terms of our grant.
We still need a lot of volunteers so we can continue growing our History Center. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jessica Stanley at, or call the History Center at 432-1907 and leave a message.
The next Board meeting will be held at the History Center on Monday, October 7th, at 6:00 p.m. The Board encourages the public to attend.

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Monday night's membership meeting was a success! We added three new members to our board, bringing us up to 7 total board members. Deb Duncan, Janet Krengel and John Stephenson were voted in unanimously by all those in attendance. Deb Duncan was also appointed to the office of secretary. We concluded our evening with a Q&A session to address any concerns, questions or statements by those in the audience. Our next regular board meeting is on next Monday September 16th at 6pm. Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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