EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: Our Favorite Things

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: Our Favorite Things

We are thrilled to announce the Our Favorite Things exhibit has been extended through the end of the year. Visit the David L. Pierce Art & History Center's first floor gallery to explore the eclectic mix of artifacts from Aurora. View the calendar of events for...

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(Updated) Exhibit Closing Soon: Our Favorite Things

(Updated) Exhibit Closing Soon: Our Favorite Things

Executive Director John Jaros and Society President Mary Clark Ormond among some of "Our Favorite Things" Don't miss your chance to visit the "Our Favorite Things" exhibit highlight an eclectic selection of museum artifacts spanning the years of 1868 to 2020. The...

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Cocoa Crawl Mugs In Stock

Cocoa Crawl Mugs In Stock

Cocoa Crawl Mugs are $10 each, sorry no member discount. The button that will put free cocoa in your mug all night long on Dec. 3, 2021, is $5. Both are now available in the Gift Shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer, 60505. 630-906-0650. If you have...

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The Boys of Summer, Aurora Style

The Boys of Summer, Aurora Style

This article originally appeared on Kane County Connects as a part of a series on Kane County's amazing history. The phrase “boys of summer” first came from the pen of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in 1934. It was a bittersweet lament about vanished youth. Later,...

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Collections Spotlight: Uranium Glass

Collections Spotlight: Uranium Glass

 This article originally appeared in the Aurora Historical Society e-news, March 2010 edition.By Jennifer Putzier, Former CuratorUranium Glass - pretty and only slightly radioactive!  Uranium, the same material that radium is derived from and makes nuclear power...

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Made In Aurora: Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company

Made In Aurora: Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company

Harry Sadler formed the Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company in 1891, building a factory on Parker near Douglas, and selling from a showroom downtown on Broadway. The company continued manufacturing these pianos until about 1904, and Harry continued selling their inventory until about 1910.

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Made In Aurora: Davy Jones Pinball Machine

Made In Aurora: Davy Jones Pinball Machine

Davy Jones Pinball Machine Stoner Manufacturing Corporation1939 The family-operated Stoner Manufacturing Corporation began in 1931 as a maker of pinball machines, producing nearly 100 different models throughout the decade. In 1938 the company also began producing...

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New Old Stock Alert!  A View From the Past — Aurora in Picture Post Cards

New Old Stock Alert! A View From the Past — Aurora in Picture Post Cards

Take home a piece of vintage history in pictures to preserve — or to mail a piece of Aurora to friends near or far. This new old stock booklet of 32 unique vintage postcards celebrates Aurora’s Sesquicentennial in 1987. What’s old is new again! Stop by the Gift Shop or shop online to have it delivered (tax and shipping not included).

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Made In Aurora: Thor Motorcycle

Made In Aurora: Thor Motorcycle

The Thor Motorcycle, manufactured locally by the Aurora Automatic Machinery Company (later Thor Power Tool), was one of the most popular early motorcycles nationwide. Over 100,000 were manufactured between 1906 and 1917.

Come see this and more of Our Favorite Things and The Aurora Story at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center including many other things that are #MadeInAurora.

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Special Hours: 2021 Aurora Uke Fest

Special Hours: 2021 Aurora Uke Fest

During the 4th Annual Aurora Uke Fest on Sunday, August 22, 2021, the Aurora Historical Society's exhibits and gift shop at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center will be open from Noon to 5 pm. Stop by to cool off, shop...

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