Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15

The first Hispanic wave to arrive in Aurora was made up of Mexican immigrants, who first…

August 2020: This month in history — August 14, 1945, V-J Day

August 14, 1945, word came that Japan was surrendering. It was V-J Day—Victory Over Japan. As…

We Remember V-J Day

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

Aurora’s Old-Time 4th of July Celebrations

According to the earliest histories, Aurora’s first 4th of July celebration was held in 1837, at…

Kane County History: Aurora’s First African American Police Officers

From the Black Mariah to the corner office, African Americans have a long history in the…

June 14, Flag Day and the Local Connection: Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand

June 14 is Flag Day.  The founder of Flag Day was Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand, who…

June 12, 1837: Joseph Stolp Arrives in Aurora

On May 17, 1837, Joseph G. Stolp, just shy of 25 years old, left his home…

This Month in Aurora History: June

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

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…

Our Members Reminisce: MaryAnn Andrews

Growing up on Woodruff Street in Aurora in the 1950s, you never had to look far…

From the Archives: Civil War Through Aurora Eyes

In April 1865, two momentous events took place.

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