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Welcome to the Aurora Historical Society!

Giving the past a future! In continuous operation since 1906, the Aurora Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions in the Chicagoland area. Come tour the 1857 Tanner House, visit our changing exhibits at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center or make an appointment to do research at our History Center. Enjoy our special events such as lectures, cocktail parties for exhibit openings, July 4th Ringing of the Bells and December Holiday Celebration. Shop in our gift shop. Enjoy history. We’ll be happy to see you.


When the Factory Whistle Blows

Tickets are SOLD OUT. Please join us February, 2017 for out next event!

An after-work visit to O’Rory’s Saloon* on Broadway at the turn of the century

Friday, September 30, 2016, 5:30-8pm

24 North Broadway in downtown Aurora (the 1885 Danahy Building)

$35 per person, cash bar (AHS members $30) 630-906-0650 or online at www.aurorahistory.net or order your tickets below

Come join us after work to relax, unwind and recall the days when hard-working Aurorans would celebrate the end of the workday by heading for one (or more!) of the 36 saloons in downtown Aurora. Typical 1910 bar fare will be available as well a musical entertainment. Carry A. Nation, notorious barroom smasher, is back in the area and will make a rowdy appearance as well!

The Aurora Historical Society crew will be there, as well as celebrity bartenders like Dan Dolan (his grandfather owned O.B. Dolan’s Saloon on Broadway and Benton)and Jeff Reuland (his grandfather and great-uncle owned Reuland Brothers’ Saloon at 25 N. Broadway). We’ll be joined by assorted citizens and celebrities from 1910 with special appearances by Ellie Carlson of Ellie Presents and the Internationals.

*A fictional saloon based on actual Aurora places of business c. 1910

Spend the evening with the Tanners, celebrating Halloween in a very Victorian fashion. Your host for the evening will be Fannie Simpson, granddaughter of William and Anna Tanner. She has a full series of entertainments planned, from ghost stories to ghost photography! Enjoy the house at your leisure, no need to hurry out this Halloween night!

Costumes are welcome, as long as they don't impede your vision or are large.

 5 Nights!
Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 28, 29 and 30
Entrances are at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8pm, max 15 per entrance

All tours $15.00 (AHS members $12.00)
Individuals under the age of 18 not admitted without an adult. This tour is not suitable for ages 13 and under.
You may order your tickets by using PayPal below or calling 630-906-0650.
Photos courtesy of Ryan McKanna

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