Join these grand givers in the legacy mission of preserving Boone County’s past for future generations!
Founded in 1924 by Columbia entrepreneur E.W. Stephens, the Boone County Historical Society was created to ensure that the rich cultural heritage of all residents of Boone County is preserved for future generations. In 1990, the Society built the Walters Boone County Historical Museum with a legacy gift from area developer Raul Walters in honor of his parents, Bucky and Lala Walters. Vicki Walters and the Walters Estate continues to support the Museum and Galleries with a strong financial commitment.
In 1993, Elizabeth Tracy Montminy, former art professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, left her estate to the Society with a directive to create the Montminy Art Gallery to serve the mid-Missouri community. Her lifetime of work and the work of her husband Pierre Montminy, professor and art department director at Stephens College for more than 20 years, is protected in the Gallery vaults.
These large gifts have been supplemented by additional gifts in the 25 years that the Society has operated the Walters Boone County Historical Museum and Galleries. Gifts from the Menser Estate, the Hinshaw Estate, William Least Heat Moon Trogdon for the RiverHorse Pavilion, the Knipp Trust, Bill Crawford, John Wilke, Al & Marjo Price and many more, have helped sustain the cultural heritage of Boone County by creating a space in which the collections, records and stories of Boone County families can be stored and remembered.
Become a Member today. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s rewarding!
Do you know someone you think would be a good member of the Boone County Historical Society but didn’t see their name listed as a current member?
Call 443-8936, ext. 310 and inform our Membership Coordinator, Mary Lee Gentry.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to follow-up and send membership information.
Or stop by the Museum and pick up membership application forms from the Museum Store and make a personal appeal.
Sparkle AbbeyJuly 16, 2016
We are proud to announce that the Missouri Humanities Council has recognized Meet the Author and is now an important sponsor, joining the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council.
Free Admission - Free Coffee. On Saturday, July 16. Doors open at 9:30am, Presentation at 10:30am.
Harold's Doughnuts always on hand.
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The covered veranda and the large, adjacent gazebo provide a vista of beautiful and historic Nifong Park with the Maplewood House peeking through the trees. A popular location for happy hour receptions and wedding receptions, the space can seat up to 100 people and is available for as little as $450.
The 18’ x 25’ conference room features a variety of meeting table and chair set-ups, free Wi-Fi, telephone use and onsite copy service. Rental is $80 for 3 hours and is discounted for non-profit groups.
This splendid home was built in 1877 and is on the National Historic Register. It is available April 1 through October 30 each year and is a unique location for your next bridal shower or tea. It can host small groups of up to 25 in its magnificent first floor and rates begin as low as $200. (Maplewood is currently being renovated and will not be available to rental clients during the summer of 2016. Please contact us about your 2017 event).
The gallery is a very popular rental for luncheons, cocktail receptions, sales awards meetings and small wedding receptions. Its horse-shoe shaped 4,000 sq. feet features art exhibits by the region’s best artists. Rental rates for this beautiful space begin at $450 and could increase depending on the size and length of the event. Included are set-up, tables and chairs. A handsome podium and a 8-channel sound system are also available for an additional charge.