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Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Marty Boller – I’m a Hawkeye historian. My Boller family first arrived in America in 1816 and has been living here in eastern Iowa since 1853! 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 community that I truly love…

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

Click here to read about Iowa City’s humble beginnings.
What Our Iowa Heritage is all about!
  • I love Iowa City and her rich history,
  • I love collectibles that reflect our rich Iowa heritage, and…
  • I love hearing and telling people’s stories.

Here on our website you will find dozens and dozens 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.

Let us know you are here!

Introducing Remembrance Park!
Labor Day – September 5, 2022 – Join us for a historic event in Johnson County! Remembrance Park will be dedicated. Find out more and plan now to join us for this special celebration! Click here!
Let’s start reading…

Click here for an INDEX of Our Iowa Heritage stories…

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…

– Edited & Re-Posted August 7, 2022 – Moving On Up – The Old Capitol Dome.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 6, 2022 – Inside Old Capitol – Your Guided Tour.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 5, 2022 – Iowa City – A July 4th Celebration.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 5, 2022 – Simon Estes – From Centerville to Center Stage.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 4, 2022 – Johnson County’s New Namesake – What a Lulu!
– Edited & Re-Posted August 4, 2022 – Johnson County Remembrance Markers.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 4, 2022 – 1838 to Today – Unity Through Diversity.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 4, 2022 – Marybeth Slonneger – Iowa City’s Artistic Historian.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 3, 2022 – Weber’s Fun Facts – The Old Stone Capitol.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 3, 2022 – Weber’s Winners – Iowa City’s Finest.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 3, 2022 – My Iowa Art – The Book Collection.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 3, 2022 – My Iowa Art – The Collection.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 2, 2022 – Iowa Millennium Art – The 2000 Poster.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 2, 2022 – The Iowa Award – 1951 To Today.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 2, 2022 – Three Hundred Years of Iowa Maps.
– Edited & Re-Posted August 1, 2022 – The Mapping of Iowa City – 1832 To Today.

Click here for a comprehensive list…

Did you know that in 1895 – the State University of Iowa’s campus was all contained within a two-block radius surrounding Old Capitol and University Square? It was composed of twelve major buildings and four support structures – most of which were built from beautiful red bricks made right here in Iowa City. Today, this same area we now call the Pentacrest, has been rightly defined as The SUI Red Brick CampusThe Golden Age Of The State University of Iowa. Click here to read the introduction to our entire 15-blog series.


Our Iowa Heritage is all about recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
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Thank you for journeying with us! May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You!