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The Boone County Historical Society operates a museum, an historic house, art gallery and historic village in Nifong Park, just south of the intersection of U.S. 63 and Grindstone Parkway. There is also a genealogy library within the museum staffed by volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Central Missouri. Admission to the museum is free, and it is open to the public.
Address: 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia MO 65201
Contact: Jenifer Flink, Boone County Historical Society executive director and curator
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to its website, the society is "a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and interpreting local and regional history." Founded in 1963, its first museum was the Maplewood House. Built in 1877, the house operates in a cooperative with the city of Columbia. Four residents occupied the home until the mid-1950s — including Frank and Lavinia Nifong, for whom Nifong Park and Nifong Boulevard are named. In 1990 the second museum, the Walters-Boone County Museum, opened. In 1994 the Montminy Gallery, an art gallery showcasing work by Boone County artists, opened. The society plans to create a village of historical Boone County buildings, called the "Village at Boone Junction." According to its website, five buildings have been relocated or reconstructed; the oldest was built in 1821. Plans call for at least two more buildings to be relocated there.
The society uses its facilities to stage historical programs and activities. For example, it puts on Civil War re-enactments and a Boone County Heritage Festival, which has been held annually for 33 years and features performers in 19th century clothing that re-enact a 1859 town by demonstrating traditional trade and artisan professions and providing ghost stories, music, dancing and storytelling.
The society is run by a board of directors; the president is Deborah Harmon, and the president of the society's endowment trust is Stuart Eastman. The society's executive director and curator is Jenifer Flink.
The society holds bimonthly meetings that are open to the public "to highlight various facets of the area's rich background," according to its website. It counts more than 400 people as members, and people can join by sending a donation to the museum's mailing address.
Some of the society's archives are available online. It runs a blog that features photographs of museum artifacts, as well as reviewed articles about Boone County history.
A Facebook pagefor the Boone County Historical Society, which has not been used since October.
Page with information relating to the Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which the society has conducted for 33 straight years.
An article about the Maplewood barn on the grounds of the museum, which burned in April 2010. The barn was used as a stage for a local theater group.
Updated: March 8, 2013