When will we get back to preserving and sharing history? In 2015-16 the Boone area community supported the History Center in creating a community attraction that can be central Iowa’s premier history museum. The museum offers a range of Boone area history, including prehistoric Iowa, Boone’s industrious 20th Century, early Boone, agriculture, The Ledges, church history, auto racing and much more. The Boone History Center welcomes visitors and strengthens social studies learning for central Iowa youth. With the Fareway Gallery, the History Center has the ability to share rotating exhibits that provides new cultural experiences for Boone residents and visitors, such as the outstanding BISON exhibit we hosted last year. The History Center supports year-round community events on Story street such as Pufferbilly Days and the Lighted Parade. We need our community members to join and rejoin the BCHS in finishing what we started. Let’s let go of dissension and disdain. Let’s get behind improved cultural engagement for our youth and all residents of Boone. Are we going to let the legacy of the little yellow house on Carroll Street be the demise of the History Center and Kate Shelley Park? I welcome anyone who can open their mind to the potential and opportunities at the History Center. Working together is the only way our community will flourish. We need to shake a longstanding stigma of not being able to fully utilize our cultural assets. If we aren’t willing to collaborate to further economic vitality in Boone then it’s our history we are risking. Make this Friday the night you come to the History Center and leave all of your preconceived notions behind. Take a look at the current exhibits and imagine how the Mamie Eisenhower story will be told in a new and inspiring setting that is climate controlled and handicap accessible. Plus, the History Center is open year round. Consider that if the History Center and the Mamie Eisenhower facilities can truly strike a partnership then Mamie and Ike’s history will come to life again. If we set aside our differences think of how much further ahead Boone and our historical preservation efforts could be.


Mara MacKay


Boone History Museums Director