Tanner House Tree Work

Dedicated to Grace Carter Bliss, the 80-year-old red maple on the corner of Oak and Cedar…

From the Archives: Civil War Through Aurora Eyes

In April 1865, two momentous events took place.

Neil Diamond “Hands.. washing hands”

We’d be remiss if we didn’t pass along this message from Neil Diamond during this historic…

E-Update: Greetings From the History Zone

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…

A fresh seat for the Parlor

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

A return to the excitement and beauty of a wedding day

Five Tanner daughters got married in this parlor in the late 1800s. March 2020 marked a…

A “Crazy” Contribution From Tanner Descendents

Crazy quilts, in addition to being vivid and full of energy, were a way of putting…