Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, Inc.
Boone County Historian
Oak Leaves
Boone County Heritage Museum
March 11, 2008 - Additional information regarding the Mountain Meadows Massacre collection at the museum has been added and updated.
March 8, 2008 - Cover images and a detailed searchable index for all 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 back issues of the Boone County Historian have now been added.
May 8, 2007 - Information regarding the 1961 Harrison Flood has been organized and added to our online Collections. The flooding of Crooked Creek on May 7, 1961 was the worst catastrophe in the city's history, and also one of the most well-documented historical events.
April 30, 2007 - Cover images and a descriptive index for all 1992 back issues of the Boone County Historian have been added.
April 20, 2007 - Cover images and a descriptive index for all back issues of the Boone County Historian have been added for the year 1991. Additional Back issues from the 1990s to be added soon.
April 15, 2007 - A few graphics on the site have now been updated, and some new History Q & A articles by Marilyn Breece have been added (with more on the way).

The latest News items are also available, including President's Columns by Norman Rowe.

New informational links have been added in the Resources section, including Boone County's newest entries on the National Register of Historic Places: the Zinc Swinging Bridge, and our museum's own 1912 Harrison High School building.
November 29, 2006 - The News section of the site has been reorganized and updated with both current and historical news items related to the Historical Society and the museum. The main news section (Headlines) includes announcements and copies of articles - many from the Harrison Daily Times - that have made the news going back five years, to 2002. Additionally, the President's Column section includes copies of the quarterly news updates that have appeared in the Historian / Oak Leaves going back to 2002.

As with all content on the site, users can easily search the news for specific people, places and topics on using key words in the search engine that is built into the site.

Additional historical articles, announcements, columns and Historian indexing, going back to the earlier years of the Society, is planned for inclusion on the website in the future, as time permits.
August 14, 2006 - Several more back issues of Marilyn Smith's History Q & A columns - which appear in the Friday editions of the Harrison Daily Times - have now been posted in the order they were originally published. These articles offer a great insight into Boone County history. Future columns and additional back issues will continue to be posted.
June 2, 2006 - Cover images and a searchable descriptive index for all back issues of the Boone County Historian have been added for years 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Back issues from the 1990s to be added soon.
May 2, 2006 - Cover images and a searchable index of the Boone County Historian have been added for 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. Descriptive information on all issues printed in these years is now available.
April 21, 2006 - Cover images and a searchable index for the first nine issues of the Boone County Historian have now been added online, including the very first issue from 1978. These additions include all issues from 1978, 1979 and 1980. Additional back issues to follow.
April 10, 2006 - A new 1912 Harrison High School Building Collection has been added to the Collections section of the site. This includes historical information on the building constructed in Harrison in 1912 that was initially a high school, and later became our museum. The early articles from the Harrison Times were transcribed courtesy of Nita Gould.
March 22, 2006 - A number of upgrades and additions to the site were put into production today. Probably the most noticeable is an enhanced vertical navigation system along the left-side. Some additional horizontal menu tab options have also been included on the homepage and other areas of the site.
Pictures and descriptions have now been added to detail the three floors of Exhibits at the Boone County Heritage Museum. A Virtual Tour of the museum has also been added to allow visitors an inside glimpse of the many collections and exhibits that await them. Additional Information on the history of the museum and the Society is also available.
Information on the Mountain Meadows Massacre is now available in our online Collections, with more to be added soon. The layout of the News section has also been updated for easier selection.
March 15, 2006 - Two initial Genealogy Collections have been added to the Collections area. Included here is a surname index to Family Histories available in the JoAnn Forrest Genealogy-Meeting Room of the Heritage Museum. Most of these historical records include extensive family histories, and will be of benefit to anyone researching these lines.

Additionally, an index to Family File Folders is also posted. Some of these folders in the museum contain many pages of information, while others may contain only a small amount of important names, dates, birth and death records.
March 3, 2006 - A new section - Collections - has been added to the site. As the name suggests, this area of the site will be used to host online versions of some of our various collections. You really have to visit the museum in person in order to fully explore and appreciate the vast amounts of historical records, stories and artifacts that we have available, but our hope is to also make some of these available to you online in the not-to-distant future.
The first online collection added is History Q & A by Marilyn Smith - a weekly column that appears each Friday in the Harrison Daily Times. In it, she answers questions about local area history and provides detailed insight and interesting facts on people and places of earlier times.
February 27, 2006 - A new section of Boone County Links has been added to Resources.
February 26, 2006 - A new website for the Boone County Historical & Railroad Society goes into production today. The site, located at, includes the latest information related to the Society as well as the Boone County Heritage Museum, which the Society sponsors and supports.
The site is designed to give local residents as well as out-of-town viewers and potential visitors a more detailed insight into the Museum and the Society's work.
Included on the site is an About BCHRS section, detailing the Society's mission, directors and staff, and information on membership and meetings. A second section is devoted to the Heritage Museum. This includes a brief history of the Museum, its location, hours of operation, admission, parking, and more. A detailed list and images of books currently for sale at the museum is also included.
A News section of the site provides not only the goings-on at the Museum, but also includes an Archive of news from years past.
The Society's trademark quarterly publications, the Boone County Historian & Oak Leaves, are also promoted and detailed on the site. Current issues and several years worth of back issues are cataloged and indexed, along with their cover images. The objective is to allow for easier research and content searches of the publications for those who may wish to order back issues.
The site's homepage includes over 50 images of local history that are randomly rotated, as well as a This Day in World History content feed. Another unique application on the homepage is This Day in Boone County History. A new interesting Boone County historical fact is featured each day, with most of the content compiled from resources currently available at the Boone County Heritage Museum. The daily rotation is designed to not only keep drawing viewers back to the site, but also to help promote awareness in the area's rich history, and encourage visitors to the Heritage Museum to learn more.
An online Guestbook is also available for visitors to leave comments if they wish.
January 25, 2006 - The domain name is registered, a site hosting account is established, and an initial 'splash' page (aka 'under construction' page) is posted online for the new Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, Inc. website.