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America’s only hobo museum is hopeful the billboard on highway 18 east of town will increase visitors.

A number of long-needed improvements were completed over the winter in the museum lobby and the office. 

The museum store is greatly expanded to include Hobo Approved gourmet food items. Now you can experience Road Kill Grill spice rubs or Drunken Cherry brownie mixes.

Also featured is Iowa Taffy, Iowa Beer Bread Mix & Iowa Fish Batter mix. Elaine’s seasoned Extra Virgin oils – Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomato & Garlic and Aged Balsamic Vinegar! Plus her exquisite milk and dark chocolate-covered toffee.       

For the youngsters, Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookie Kits and marshmallow Puff Pop Kits.

Hobo foundation board president Frank Kelley and the directors realize the importance of the museum to support Britt’s century-long tradition of promoting hobo history. They have launched a strategic planning initiative to assure that the museum is as good as it can be and thereby maximize the asset value of the exhibits to the community, the inquiring public and researchers of history, labor and anthropology.  

Pam Schwartz, Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society and board member of the Iowa Museum Association is the first of many museum, curatorial and historically-focused professionals to participate in the assessment and evaluation process. She will conduct a site visit in late March.

President Kelley and the board of directors intend for this process to lead to focused exhibits, increased publicity, professionally curated exhibits, a nation-wide search of hobo artifacts and a museum organizational structure.

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Open by appointment October thru May.  Contact Boxcar Bill for access and a tour at 641-843-3512.