Behind The Scenes: Preparing for Portraits of the Past

Behind The Scenes: Preparing for Portraits of the Past

Happening now: Portraits of the Past which consists of scores of Aurorans you've never met will be looking straight at you with that question in their eyes in the exhibit at the Pierce Art and History Center.  The exhibit, titled Portraits of the Past,  will...

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The Beacon-News: Aurora wedding one for the history books

The Beacon-News: Aurora wedding one for the history books

Aurora Historical Society Executive Director John Jaros and new wife Kathy greet guests immediately following their exchange of wedding vows on Saturday in the parlor of the historic William Tanner House in Aurora. (Denise Crosby / The Beacon-News) Visit The...

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Paul Egan, Unvarnished

Paul Egan, Unvarnished

“A bunch of lousy gangsters.” That was Paul Egan’s view of politicians.  How he became a politician himself and earned an international reputation for plain speaking and a whole lot of other things is an Everyman story of the 1950s that begins in the unemployment line, twists through city hall, and ends up on Aurora streets with sample vacuums that he demonstrated to Mr. and Mrs. Homeowner.

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A Look Back At “Our Favorite Things” Exhibit

A Look Back At “Our Favorite Things” Exhibit

After an extended closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society’s first exhibit open to the public which ran from was Our Favorite Things which consisted of an eclectic mix of artifacts from the Aurora area. The exhibit ran from late June 2021 to mid-January 2022 in the first floor gallery at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center. This post highlights a limited sample of artifacts that were on display.

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The Quest to Light Aurora’s Streets

The Quest to Light Aurora’s Streets

By John Jaros, Executive Director, Aurora Historical Society 140 years ago – on November 8, 1881, Aurora became one of the first cities in the country to light its streets with electricity. This is the story of how that came to be. In our modern world, with its...

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Tanner House Holidays set for Sundays

Tanner House Holidays set for Sundays

The Tanner House Museum, decorated for the holidays, will be open for walkthrough tours on the Sundays of December, December 5, 12, 19 and 26, from Noon to 4pm.  The museum has not been open since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We have had to be cautious...

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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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