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.

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.

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.

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!!

Pufferbilly Days

Many thanks to all of our sponsors

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

Recent Posts

ALERT: We have been told that the City of Boone could cut our funding for 2018. We rely on the $10k they provide for operations to keep our facilities running, to preserve our historical collection, to host local events, and to support programs and create positive experiences for youth and residents of all ages. In 2017, the Boone County Historical Society made the following possible:

*Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
*The Boone Chili Battle
*Run for the Trees
*Freedom Flight Fundraiser
*Iowa Victims (of crime) Rights Event!
*“Heroes of the Heartland” — CSM
*Marilyn Gabbard Military Dedication Event
*Friday Night Live NEW!
*Pufferbilly Days Quilt Show—> where Belle Cleveland gives amazing chats about quilting, and people share their heritage around quilts!
*YesterBoone NEW!
*Paranormal Investigation #1 at BHC
*Holiday Open House & Soup Supper
50+ Boone Rotary Club Meetings
Over 30 Lions Meetings
15+ Other Service Club Events
Over 50 Business Incubator Mtgs.!
10 Genesis Development Meetings
Over 15 Political Information Events,
75 family and friends gatherings that include holidays, funerals, weddings, and more! We showcase Boone History as part of our educational outreach with local and regional schools.

Please contact your City Administrator and your Boone City Council members to voice your support to keep the Historical Society operating. The meeting to show your support will be held on Monday, December 18th at 7 p.m. - or call: 515-432-4211 ext. 103
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ALERT: funding cut to our museums could be immediate if your voice is not heard by Monday! I received a phone call today that we are endanger of having our funds slashed. Please voice your opposition to any decrease in funding for the Historical Society since we need operating dollars to keep all of our museums open! Meeting will be held on Monday at 7 pm, City Hall. Please attend and show your support for the Boone History Center, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace, Kate Shelley Park and Museum, and Hickory Grove! We receive approximately $10,000 from the city on an annual basis and cutting that will mean we cannot keep our attractions running, effectively. We already face challenges and have had to consider ways to keep the Mamie Eisenhower from failing, a cut to our operating budget would bring more difficulties. We need your help! Whether you are a member or if you simply value the events, activities and historical facilities — please voice your support to Boone’s City leaders BY Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

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