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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