Historical Society

Welcome to the Home Page of the Boone-Duden Historical Society. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic sites, objects, and genealogical data. Our primary mission is to collect and receive, record, study, exhibit, preserve and share all things pertaining to the history of our area.

The people with Daniel Boone established the "Boone Settlement" in Missouri during the late 1790's and the early 1800's. This was the first sizeable settlement of Americans of European descent west of the Mississippi River. The Boone Settlement ran generally along the creeks of St. Charles County and southern Warren County, along the Missouri River, and along the prairies up into Lincoln County.

Gottfried Duden came from Germany to the western part of the Boone Settlement in 1824. Here he studied the area, and after several years returned to Germany, where in 1829 he published a report on what he had learned. As a result of his report many Germans began to emigrate to lower St. Charles and Warren Counties. The area became the first settlement of German immigrants west of the Mississippi River. By 1860, more than 38,000 Germans had settled in the area of the lower Missouri River valley.

Latest News:

  • April Event
    On Saturday, April 25th, 2015, our program will be a visit to the site of the former town of Howell. We will be gathering at 10 a.m. in the meeting room at the DOE Weldon Spring Interpretive Center. Be prepared to car pool with others as we need to limit the number of vehicles traveling to the site.

  • Membership Renewal Time
    It is time to pay your membership dues for 2015. Please send a check made out to Boone-Duden Historical Society to Membership, BDHS, PO Box 82, New Melle, MO 63365. Thank you!