This Month in Aurora History: June

“Theodore Roosevelt Day,” June 3, 1903 June 3, 1903, was a day of great fanfare and…

We Remember: Those Lost and the Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day began as a national celebration as "Decoration Day," in 1868, with May 30 designated…

Aurora’s New Family Portrait Exhibit ‘A Brilliant Idea’

Too silent. Those are words that came to mind for art conservator Scott Sherwood when, a…

From the Archives: Civil War Through Aurora Eyes

In April 1865, two momentous events took place.

Aurora History Quiz: Ties to “Soul Train” (Answered)

Congratulations to the first person to answer correctly! They’ve won a Vintage Aurora 2020 Calendar —…

This chair is smoking… or, rather, FOR smoking

A prized item in our collection, it is back in the Library at the Tanner House…

EXHIBIT & GIFT SHOP CLOSURES

The Aurora Historical Society is CLOSED pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Executive Order. Visit…

From the Archives: Bill Wulff presents display case

A handsome store fixture, a zinc-lined cigar display case probably built around 1900, was for many…

Our Members Reminisce: Summertime, Rivertime by Lyle R. Rolfe

This article originally appeared in the Aurora Historical Society’s Summer 2015 newsletter. Become a member and…

February 15: One Year Later

A commemoration of the tragedy on February 15, 2019, at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora.

Photo Exhibit: Aurora Then & Now in Photographs

Located within the Aurora Story exhibit on the second floor of the David L. Pierce Art & History…

A fresh seat for the Parlor

New Way Restoration does magic! Kevin Dixon, owner of New Way, waved his magic wand, dispelled…