Canceled: Spring/Summer History Series

3/21/2020 to 7/4/2020 | Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site | Ash Grove, MO

Out of caution, park and site events and programs sponsored by Missouri State Parks are postponed or canceled now through April 30. We’re closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effect in Missouri. We’re sorry for any inconvenience; however, your safety is our top priority. 

For more than 183 years, history has unfolded around the Boone Homestead. Join site staff and local history experts as we explore the events that have shaped not only the Boone Homestead but also the Ash Grove community. Programs and living history demonstrations will take place in the Boone Home.

Program Topics and Living History Displays:

March 21, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – ​History Coffee Talk: Famous & Infamous and Forgotten Women of Ash Grove
Olive Boone is a lasting example of a generation of women whose stories have nearly been lost to time. Join us as we explore the stories of the famous, infamous and forgotten women of the Ash Grove neighborhood.  

April 18, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – ​History Coffee Talk: Ozarks Culture & Living History Whitewash Display
The Ozarks have a culture all their own, a true melting pot of cultures and traditions. Join local history experts as we explore what makes the Ozarks a time capsule of history and traditions. Join site staff after the program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a living history display of Ozarks culture and try your hand at making 19th-century whitewash.  

May 16, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – ​History Coffee Talk: Ozarks Children's History/National Kids in Parks Day
Growing up on the 19th-century Missouri frontier was a unique experience. Children on the frontier witnessed wealth divided by fence lines, saw the arrival of modern industrialization and experienced the often wondrous look into the future. Stick around after the program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a look into some of the fun and games the new frontier offered children, or take a hike along the Storybook Trail and read the story of Belle Boone's life on the homestead. 

June 13, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – ​History Coffee Talk: Industries of Ash Grove
Early settlers to the Ash Grove neighborhood came for the abudant land and the freedom of a new frontier. What was unknown to them was the wealth that lied beneath their feet. Join site staff as we look at how mining, farming and local industry shaped life in Ash Grove and on the Boone Homestead.

June 27, 6 p.m. – ​Great American Campout
Join historic site staff for a night of camping under the stars, complete with a campfire and tales of the 19th-century Missouri frontier. Tent camping will be allowed along the path to the Boone Home. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, please call the site office at 417-751-3266. The program may be canceled due to inclement weather.

July 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – ​Independence Day Celebration
See how the Boones and other residents of the Missouri Ozarks celebrated Independence Day on the frontier. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at noon on the porch of the Boone Home. Try your hand at quill pen writing or old fashion cane pole fishing in the site's pond.

7850 N. State Hwy. V, Ash Grove, MO | (417) 751-3266

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs