About Us

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Since our founding in 1924 we’ve been preserving Boone County’s history for its future generations. We collect, preserve and exhibit historic artifacts, records and artwork of the people of Boone County. 

The Boone County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that owns and operates its physical presence, the Boone County History & Culture Center.  The Center consists of the Walters History Galleries, the Montminy Art Gallery, the Village at Boone Junction, The River-Horse Pavilion and the historic Maplewood House – Columbia’s most beloved 19th-century home.


Karen M. Miller, President

Retired Boone County Commissioner

Bill Powell, Immediate Past President

Attorney At Smith Lewis, LLP

Amy Henderson, Vice President

Attorney, Cripps & Simmons Attorneys at Law

Marjorie Motley, Secretary

Director, Centralia Historical Society

Jim Marberry, Treasurer

Partner, Marberry & Eagle, CPAs

Carolyn Doyle, Member

Retired Social Services Specialist

Charlie Lee, Member

Retired MU Construction Manager

Silas Koonse, Member

Owner and Managing Partner, Koonse Glass

Dick Otto, Member

Retired MU Administrator

Suzanne Rothwell, Member

Vice President of Advancement, Columbia College

Nancy Russell, Member

Retired Antique Dealer

Nancy Schultz, Member

Retired Senior Director Of Development, University Of Missouri

Andy Waters, Member

Commercial real estate investor; owner, AW Holdings LLC

Lisa Weil, Member

Historian and Teacher at Columbia Independent School

Jessie Yankee, Member

Director at Missouri Women's Business Center


Chris Campbell, Executive Director


Mary Ellen Lohmann, Administrative Services Manager


Brian Flanagin, Henry J. ‘Hank’ Waters III Digital Imaging Lab Coordinator

Rebecca Grant, Finance


Ryan Noffke, Property Manager


Endowment Trustees

Michelle Baumstark, Chairperson

Community Relations Director, Columbia Public Schools

Wilson Beckett, Trustee

Retired Surgeon

Stacey Button, Trustee

Director, President, Columbia REDI

Susan Hart, Trustee

Owner, Huebert Builders

Jim Marberry, Trustee

Ex Officio, Retired Partner/Accountant, Marberry & Eagle Accounting

Joan Menser, Trustee

Retired Co-Owner, Buchroeders Jewelry

Karen M. Miller, Trustee

Ex Officio, Retired Boone County Commissioner

Betsy Odle, Trustee

Corporate Secretary, Bruce Odle & Associates

Thomas Pauley, Treasurer

Owner/Agent, Pauley Insurance Agency

Melanie Staloch, Trustee

Community Volunteer

Gwen Struchtemeyer, Secretary

Owner, Selective Scores Consulting, LLC

Barbara Weaver, Trustee

Retired Nurse, Chairperson Emeritus, Boone County Hospital Center Board of Trustees