Birthplace has been put up for sale

A sign someone posted outside the birthplace reads: Save Our History: Demand that the sale of this National Treasure be stopped. Contact BCHS members Janet Tait, Donna Cottington, Robin Crouch, Karen Dannen, pat Hahn, Becca Miller, Matthew Parsons, Tom Sanove.

It seems most conflicts in life come down to money. The future of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace is no exception.

Mamie Doud, wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born Nov. 14, 1896 at 718 Carroll Street in Boone. The quaint, historic 2 bedroom, 1/2 bath home was relocated across the street in 1975. Following five years of restoration, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace opened as a museum on June 22, 1980. The property that includes the house, 25,000 square foot lawn and carriage house has recently been listed on the market with an asking price of $184,000.

When Boone County Historical Society (BCHS) announced last October it was temporarily suspending operation of the birthplace museum for repairs, and until they could figure out how to make it self-sustaining, feathers were ruffled. That is not what the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation members had in mind when they turned over  the birthplace and its historic artifacts to the Historical society in 2006.

Read more in the September 12 Issue of The Ogden Reporter.