The secret of hollyhocks

In the Victorian era, hollyhocks played a pretty important role and we asked our Facebook followers…

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…

Museum Week 2020 Sneak Peek

A film crew captures art conservator Scott Sherwood at work cleaning a newly-acquired portrait. Their video…

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 Boys Off To Fight In World War I

This photo from our 2017 calendar, taken September 13, 1917, shows 20,000 citizens at the train…

Tanner House Tree Work

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

This chair is smoking… or, rather, FOR smoking

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

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…

Now it’s our turn to help

Organizers of a vigil in Chicago asked Auroran Bradley Keven Green to present his song “Aurora…