Welcome to Our Iowa Heritage!

Click here to visit our 175th Statehood Anniversary page for details
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Marty Boller – I’m a Hawkeye historian.

I’ve enjoyed all the places I’ve lived over the years, but, as you might surmise by looking through this website, I have only one city that I love.


As a matter of fact, we love it so, in 2020, we moved back here to live amongst the Hawkeyes, finding a nice townhouse that is literally only a few blocks from the house my parents bought back in 1966 when I was a sophomore at City High. So now, enough about me. Allow me to tell you about our website…

1) I love Iowa City and her rich history,

2) My Boller family came to Johnson County, Iowa in 1853,

3) I love collectibles that reflect our rich Iowa heritage, and…

4) I love hearing and telling people’s stories.

Here on our website you will find dozens and dozen of Iowa-related stories. Stories of courageous men and women, some of whom you will be familiar with – many you won’t. Stories of those who have gone before us, many of which had no idea that they were leaving us a powerful legacy. Different people. Different times. Different circumstances. But two common themes – 1) Iowa, and 2) living a life of meaning and purpose.

I invite you to join us in Our Iowa Heritage journey. Read a few posts – get a feel for what we do – sign up for our free blog. We look forward to hearing from you.
WHAT’S NEW @ Our Iowa Heritage? With our site growing larger, it’s important for you, our readers, to be able to easily navigate through our stories. Here’s a current list of NEW posts on our site. Come back regularly to check it out…

Posted November 30, 2021 – St. Agatha’s of Iowa City – Breaking The Glass Ceiling.
Posted November 23, 2021 – Frank “Kinney” Holbrook – Tipton’s Iron Man.
Posted November 21, 2021 – The ‘Woke’ Abolitionist & Keeper Of The Fair.
Posted November 16, 2021 – The Christmas Eve Santa Came To Iowa.
Posted November 16, 2021 – Thomas Nast – The Father of Political Cartooning.
Posted November 15, 2021 – Welcome To Salubria, Iowa!
Posted November 12, 2021 – Alexander Levi – Dubuque’s Man Of Firsts.
Posted November 10, 2021 – Rich Stories of Diversity Timeline.
Posted November 9, 2021 – Clark + Clark + Cole = Equality in Education.
Posted November 7, 2021 – T. S. Wilson – Dubuque’s Good Neighbor.
Posted November 5, 2021 – Ralph + Wilson + Mason = The Road To Freedom.
Posted November 2, 2021 – Coger + Beck + Miller = Liberty & Justice For All.

Posted October 31, 2021 – The “Miss Tillie” Postcard Collection.
Posted October 29, 2021 – Remembering Helen Lemme – Grinnell’s Golden Girl.
Posted October 27, 2021 – Iowa’s Own Rocket Man – Dr. James Van Allen.
Posted October 25, 2021 – May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You.
Posted October 25, 2021 – The Big Show – Meredith Willson’s Big Stage.
Posted October 23, 2021 – Old Capitol’s Stairway To Heaven.
Posted October 21, 2021 – Meet Rose – Old Capitol’s 1876 Grand Steinway.
Posted October 20, 2021 – When Old Capitol Was The New Capitol: 1841-1857.
Posted October 19, 2021 – An Evening At The Movies – St. Louis – 1849.
Posted October 14, 2021 – Our Hawkeye Sing-Along.
Posted October 13, 2021 – The Wonderful World of SUI Colors – Black & Golden.
Posted October 12, 2021 – Ozzie Simmons + Racial Targeting = Floyd of Rosedale.
Posted October 11, 2021 – Iowa Homecoming: Hawkeye-Style.
Posted October 6, 2021 – Remembering 1985 – Kinnick Stadium’s “Top-Five” Football Match-Up.
Edited & Re-Posted October 3, 2021 – Iowa Celebrates: The Sesquicentennial.
Posted October 3, 2021 – May 1989 – Iowa City Celebrates 150 Years!
Posted October 1, 2021 – Honoring The U.S. Postal Service.
Posted October 1, 2021 – Iowa Statehood Day – December 28th.


I invite you, now, into our stories…

Click here for a complete INDEX of Our Iowa Heritage stories…

Click here for a complete INDEX of PEOPLE-PLACES-THINGS…

Click here for a complete INDEX of stories listed CHRONOLOGICALLY…

Click here to read an introduction to Our Boller Family ancestry stories…

Click here to join our new Facebook page!

Thank you for journeying with us! May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You!

Marty Boller – your humble host.