What lies in the future for this historic Boone home?

Mamie Geneva Doud was born November 14, 1896 at 718 Carroll Street in Boone, the second of four daughters born to Elivera Mathilde Carlson and John Sheldon Doud. She grew up to become the wife of the 34th president of the United States, Dwight David Eisenhower. In 1975 the house was moved across to its current location at 709 Carroll Street. -Ogden Reporter photo

A recent press release from the Boone County Historical Society stated that after nine months of public and vigorous dialog with members of the Boone County Historical Society community about the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace, the 2018 board of directors has determined that the best course of action is to repair the structure and establish a historic home rental with tours.

By operating as a vacation rental they hope to bring in more visitors. Janet Tait, President of the BCHS Board of Directors says this is not just a problem here. “It’s a problem nationally with museum homes - how to come up with new ways to make them attractive to the public.”

But before the historic home of the former First Lady can be reopened, immediate repairs need addressed, such as mold remediation, drywall replacement, painting, and a complete removal of all trip hazards on walkways around the building.

In 2006 the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation liquidated and turned over the birthplace and its historic artifacts to the BCHS.

Last October when the museum closed down for the winter, the BCHS board of directors made a decision to temporarily suspend operation. “We made a decision to close for up to two years for repairs and figure out what we can do going forward, how we can make it self-sustaining,” commented Tait.

Read the full story in the July 4 edition.