Then and Now, 60 Years Later

In exactly the same place where John Kennedy asked for votes, we can now vote. The…

Death Comes to the Tanner House: A video compilation of the last decade of our dramatized tours

October 2020 — This Month In History: Kennedy’s Visit to Aurora — October 25, 1960

By John Jaros, Executive Director, Aurora Historical Society The 1960 presidential election pitted Republican Richard Nixon,…

A Meeting of the Minds

Ulysses S. Grant, on left, the general who won the Civil War, and was twice elected…

Show Us Your Mask, Aurora!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. With face masks becoming a necessity,…

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Remember Jo Anne Salerno’s School of Charm?

Do you remember Jo Anne Salerno’s School of Charm? It was a cultural magnet for teenage…

The Beacon-News: Three Fox Valley women honored for making their marks in history

Head over to The Beacon-News’ site to read Denise Crosby’s article on three area women who…

Aurora named to National Trust for Historic Preservation list

The city of Aurora has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one…

We Remember V-J Day

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

Photo: A Window to Secrets of the Tanner House

On August 15, 1866, somebody scratched the names Florence and Amy into a bedroom window, as…

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…

The secret of hollyhocks

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