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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

Heather Hargrove, Vice President

General Manager, Stoney Creek Inn

Marjorie Motley, Secretary

Director, Centralia Historical Society

Jim Marberry, Treasurer

Partner, Marberry & Eagle, CPAs

Wilson Beckett, Immediate Past President

Retired Surgeon

Dick Otto, Member

Retired MU Administrator

Karen Moore, Member

Retired Elementary School Teacher

Susan Rothwell, Member

Executive Director for Advancement, Columbia College

Mike Lynch, Member

Retired Home Builder and Medical School Administrator

Charlie Lee, Member

Retired MU Construction Manager

Carolyn Doyle, Member

Retired Social Services Specialist

Andy Waters, Member

Commercial real estate investor; owner, AW Holdings LLC

Amy Henderson, Member

Vice President Central Trust

Nancy Schultz, Member

Retired Senior Director Of Development, University Of Missouri

Loreli Wilson, Member

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Veterans United

Bill Thompson, Member

Retired Parks And Recreation Specialist


Chris Campbell, Executive Director


Rebecca Grant, Finance


Mary Ellen Lohmann, Administrative Services Manager


Ryan Noffke, Property Caretaker


Kate Gray, Montminy Art Gallery