Walters-Boone County Historical Museum celebrates 25 years
COLUMBIA - The Walters-Boone County Museum celebrated the museum's 25-year anniversary Saturday with an open house, BBQ and live music.
The Boone County Historical Society (BCHS) hosted the event in Nifong Park. In addition to live music and catered food, several of the restored homes, including Boone Village and the Maplewood House, were open for free self-tours. Some of the homes had a museum tour guide to explain different aspects of life a century ago in Boone County.
"It's our 25th anniversary, and that's the anniversary of the museum itself," said BCHS Executive Director Chris Campbell. "The county historical society, which owns and operates the museum, we're 91-years-old this year."
Campbell said the historical society wanted to do something special this year and spent around six months planning Saturday's event. BCHS sold Fitz Root Beer and popcorn to guests, and hired Smokin' Chick's BBQ to cater the event.
"This week, all we did was cross our fingers, and pray a little bit, that the rain held back," Campbell said.
Campbell said it's events like this one that he hopes will bring people to the museum.
"What a lot of people don't realize is that we're a lot more than just a history museum," Campbell said. "We're also an almost 3,000 square foot art gallery."
Campbell said many people from Columbia and Boone County think of Columbia's downtown district or the North District Art Village as culture and art centers, but may forget about the museum in the southeast part of town.
"We have a great art gallery," Campbell said, "We also offer book talks once a month, concerts several times a year."
Campbell said a goal of the historical society is to make the museum a "cultural and arts destination" for the entire community.
For more information about upcoming events, follow link to the BCHS website here.