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, beloved First Lady of America for eight years, was born in Boone, Iowa on November 14, 1896. 

Hickory Grove School

Come see what it was like to attend a country school! Visiting Hickory Grove School is an interesting step back in time to when one-room school houses were the norm in Iowa. Tours by appointment only. 

Kate Shelley Park and Museum

Kate Shelley was a local girl who, at age 17, 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 promotes four different museums located in Boone County, Iowa, three of which we own. 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

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, 31st President of the United States

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Boone County Historical Society is looking for board members! We have a few positions open on our board and we’d love to fill them with new volunteers who are wanting to jump in! We have lots of different areas of focus and a lot of exciting plans for our near future, including our grand opening coming in June! Join us now and help us offer even more to Boone County! Email me at for more information. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
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Boone County Historical Society is looking for volunteers! We need volunteers in a lot of areas, including docent/tour guide positions, collections and event planning. This is a great time to get involved and we have a lot of exciting plans in our near future. Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace will open as usual in May. And the Boone History Center will be having a Grand Reopening celebrating in June! We also have new additions for our Kate Shelley Museum site that will hopefully be ready for visitors later in the summer. To volunteer, please email me at Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
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The wood floor in our lower level room, stairs and 2nd floor foyer has gotten a makeover! Allwood Flooring from Winterset has taken our floors from their old sad look to the beautiful new glory! Thank you so much to:Casey'sBoone County Community FoundationLowrey CharityWellmark FoundationWalmartPrairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Programfor their generous donations.This is just one of many improvements we've been working on and we can't wait to welcome you all back to see it in person! ... See MoreSee Less
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