New Boone Event Puts Historic Stories Up For Competition

BOONE, Iowa  --  This weekend, the YesterBoone event is being held in Boone County. It's a history competition in which over 30 vendors will share history in the form of stories, photos, artifacts, and presentations in 25 different venues around the Boone area.

“YesterBoone is a creative platform for everything history,” said Mara MacKay of the Boone History Center. “Artists, historians, deliberate creators, history enthusiasts, people of every kind can come and tell their stories.”

There is no admission fee, and the public votes for their favorite exhibits. There is $5,000 in prize money to be awarded.

At the Boone Barber Service, Brad Harris will be displaying barbershop memorabilia, including a Murphy Bath, which folds out of the wall.

“My father and I collected barber memorabilia and started in about 1980,” said Harris. His father has passed away, but the tradition continues on giving haircuts in the vintage barbershop.

At the Battin Chapel near Ogden, there will be historic photos of the Ogden area. People can also see the historic chapel, as well as an old railroad depot and one-room school.

“Battin Chapel was built because a guy by the name of Herbert Batton donated $500 toward building the church, and so they named it Battin,” said Doug Nebbe of the Battin Chapel Heritage Association. Mr. Battin was a farmer just south of the chapel, and was one of the area’s early pioneers.

“It just kind of matters how you display and package your history,” said Mackay. “I think Millennials are really loving it.”

“Most of us have a very narrow interest,” said Nebbe. “This gives you an opportunity to learn about a lot of very things that you hadn't even thought about."

For the schedule and locations for YesterBoone, click here.