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 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, 31st President of the United States

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Fun Fact Friday!
The very first Trail Tales was published in September 1969, one month short of 3 years after the Boone County Historical Society was established. We hope you've all enjoyed this magazine over the years. The next issue will be published in April 2021.
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Throwback Thursday!
Why was the BCHS's first director, Charles Irwin, dressed like this and what was he doing?
On October 25, 2008, he was speaking at an event honoring the 100th anniversary of the Boone Suffrage Parade. The pictures that follow show other history buffs who participated. In the 2nd picture are Suzanne Caswell and Charles Irwin. In the 3rd picture are Suzanne Caswell, Charles Irwin, and Rita Knight, all dressed in period costumes. Thanks to them all!
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It was President William McKinley on the campaign trail in 1901. Here's the full picture. It looks like a good time! ... See MoreSee Less

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Who Is It? Wednesday!
Okay you history buffs: who is the man on the platform? This was taken in downtown Boone. A bonus question: what year was it? Answer coming at 5 p.m.
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