Boone Duden Historical Society & Archives

Local People Preserving Local History

Boone Duden Meetings & Membership


The Society presently meets on the last Monday of alternate months April through December.  Meetings are held at different location so as to familiarize everyone with the total Boone-Duden area.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and become a member.  The dues are nominal and are for the calendar year.


The Society is fortunate to occupy a restored house, built of native brick in 1871 by John Friedrich Kamphoefner and his wife, Wilhelmina.  The bricks were fired at the Stahlhuth Kiln in the park across from St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  It is one of the oldest houses in New Melle.  John Frederich and Wilhelmina became the parents of 12 children, born in this house.  He was a blacksmith and constructed a shop for wagon making and blacksmithing on the north side of the house.  All three of their sons became blacksmiths and Herman, the middle one carried on the business until 1941.  In October 1912, John Frederich died at the age of 65.  Wilhelmina continued to live in the house until her death in 1946 at the age of 94.  The house was sold several times and finally was purchased by Fred Weber, Inc.  The Fred Weber Company did a complete restoration of the building including central heat and air conditioning and modern plumbing.  They have graciously made it available for the use of the Boone-Duden Historical Society.

The Society has been able to house and display its may treasures in an attractive and comfortable place.

The Museum is open every Sunday, 12:30 – 4:00pm, except holidays.  For weekdays evenings of Saturday call 636-798-2136 for an appointment.

Admission is Free

Characters from the gravestones at Thomas Howell Cemetery told their stories October 1, 2017 at the first annual Boone-Duden Cemetery Tour.

Boone-Duden Historical Society &


Kamphoefner House

P.O. Box 82,

3565 Mill St.

New Melle, MO 63365

Program Meeting

The Boone-Duden Historical Societywould like to invite our entire community to hear    Dr.  Anita Mallinckrodt  speak on German Immigration.  This presentation is adapted from her  latest book :

Don't Let the Fire Go Out – Stories to Tell and Retell.                                                                                                                                                

Monday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Dining Hall Ebenezer United Church of Christ

5543 Walnut Street in Augusta, MO 63332