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

Recent Posts

Another informative Saturday With A Scholar was held at the Boone County Historical Society featuring Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, a Professor of History at Iowa State University, where she has taught since 2000. She is the author of Rooted in Dust, Childhood on the Farm, Always Plenty to Do, and The Nature of Childhood. She is the editor of the Routledge History of Rural America. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Agricultural History Society. Currently, she is writing a book about the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. Her illuminating findings on specific impacts within Boone County prompted many questions and comments.

Mark your calendar for January 11, 2020 when Fred Greiner, former President/COO of Fareway Stores, Inc., will talk about the 81-year history of Fareway in Boone and his work and history in Boone.
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A new sump pump can be a beautiful sight - especially when it is made possible by the generosity of Supporters of the Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Birthplace. Sincere thanks to George Eckstein for donating the cost of the sump pump and Mike Pritchard, Pritchard Bros Plumbing & Heating Inc, for donating labor to install. Restoration of the basement of the birthplace is progressing nicely with plans to have the museum ready when the birthplace reopens next Spring. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Patti Phipps for donating a copy of Ordinances for the city of Pilot Mound in 1897. Phone the Boone County Historical Society at 515-432-1907 to schedule an appointment if you wish to view the book. ... See MoreSee Less

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