602 Story Street, Boone, IA | 515-432-1907

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Adults $5 | Youth $2 | Children 6 & under Free

Take a look into the exciting past of Boone County! From heroes and heroines, there is something here for everyone.

In the early 1990s the Boone County Historical Society took over the 1907 Masonic Temple on Story Street and it became the physical space of the museum. Today the museum houses collections, several featured exhibits, as well as a meeting space for programs and community use.

What will you see?

An exhibition honoring Boone’s railroad heroine, Kate Shelley, telling the story of her bravery on the night of July 6, 1881, when she alerted Chicago & Northwestern officials that a pusher engine had crashed into Honey Creek. Though two men had been swept away, two had survived and were in need of being rescued. It includes a narrative of the flooding between Boone and Moingona, as well as Kate’s life before and after her brave deed, an overview of Boone’s railroading past, and of the building of both High Bridges, which were named for Kate Shelley. Visitors and children may also cross a model of the Des Moines River bridge Kate Shelley braved on that fearful night.

The CSM Marilyn Gabbard Gallery, honoring the first American servicewoman to be killed in Iraq  and featuring Boone County’s active military past; from the Dragoon soldiers who explored Boone County in 1835 up through Desert Storm.

Boone’s First Family Gallery: the story of Mamie and Ike Eisenhower, including memorabilia from Mamie’s ancestors, the Carson’s and Doud’s

Becoming Boone: all the history that went into making Boone what it is today, from prehistory and Native American artifacts throught the story of European immigration to the very early businesses of Boone.

Visitors may also enjoy conducting research in the Center’s historical and genealogical records. To find out more go to Research

Boone History Center Gallery

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