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.


Bill Powell, President

Attorney At Smith Lewis, LLP

Karen M. Miller, Vice President

Retired Boone County Commissioner

Marjorie Motley, Secretary

Director, Centralia Historical Society

Jim Marberry, Treasurer

Partner, Marberry & Eagle, CPAs

Wilson Beckett, Immediate Past President

Retired Surgeon

Carolyn Doyle, Member

Retired Social Services Specialist

Amy Henderson, Member

Vice President Central Trust

Charlie Lee, Member

Retired MU Construction Manager

Karen Moore, Member

Retired Elementary School Teacher

Dick Otto, Member

Retired MU Administrator

Suzanne Rothwell, Member

Vice President of Advancement, Columbia College

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

Loreli Wilson, Member

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Veterans United


Chris Campbell, Executive Director


Kate Gray, Montminy Art Gallery


Mary Ellen Lohmann, Administrative Services Manager


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

Rebecca Grant, Finance


Ryan Noffke, Property Manager