Boone History Center

Take a look into the EXCITING past of Boone County, Iowa. From a local heroine to a beloved First Lady, from coal miners, settlers, and farmers, to business people and military heroes; there is something here for everyone.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

Mamie Geneva (Doud) Eisenhower, the wife of Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born in Boone, Iowa on November 14, 1896. 

Hickory Grove School

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

Kate Shelley Park and Museum

Kate Shelley was a local girl who, at age 15, risked her life crawling over a railroad bridge that spanned a raging river in the dark, in the middle of a dangerous storm to save others. 

Come learn more about her, her heroic deed, and where she lived. 

Trail Tales

Trail Tales is our journal about Boone County history that is issued twice a year to Society members. Join us and see what you are missing!

Our Museums

Boone County Historical Society has four different museums located in Boone County, Iowa, three of which we own and one that we help promote. 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 at info@bchsiowa.org

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

“I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries—the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care.”

– Herbert Hoover, President

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Trivia Tuesday:
You all rose to the challenge last week, so let's try an even harder one. 🙂

What major league baseball player met and married his wife in Boone when he played baseball in a Boone league before moving to the pro league?

Answer to come at 5pm in it's own post!
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Monday Memories: A look down Story Street in 1941. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fun Fact Friday:
Did you know that Boone County also has a State Forest? Located 8 miles northwest of the city of Boone is the Pilot Mound State Forest. It is also the second highest point in Boone County.
The forest sits atop a glacial mound of the same name and was donated to the state of Iowa in 1939 by B. P. Holst. It was once used as a natural water tower for the city of Pilot Mound. It is now used for study and research of forest growth.
You can access the State Forest on 140th St not far from its intersection with I Ave.
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