The Boys of Summer, Aurora Style

The Boys of Summer, Aurora Style

This article originally appeared on Kane County Connects as a part of a series on Kane County's amazing history. The phrase “boys of summer” first came from the pen of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in 1934. It was a bittersweet lament about vanished youth. Later,...

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Collections Spotlight: Uranium Glass

Collections Spotlight: Uranium Glass

 This article originally appeared in the Aurora Historical Society e-news, March 2010 edition.By Jennifer Putzier, Former CuratorUranium Glass - pretty and only slightly radioactive!  Uranium, the same material that radium is derived from and makes nuclear power...

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Made In Aurora: Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company

Made In Aurora: Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company

Harry Sadler formed the Aurora Piano Manufacturing Company in 1891, building a factory on Parker near Douglas, and selling from a showroom downtown on Broadway. The company continued manufacturing these pianos until about 1904, and Harry continued selling their inventory until about 1910.

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Made In Aurora: Davy Jones Pinball Machine

Made In Aurora: Davy Jones Pinball Machine

Davy Jones Pinball Machine Stoner Manufacturing Corporation1939 The family-operated Stoner Manufacturing Corporation began in 1931 as a maker of pinball machines, producing nearly 100 different models throughout the decade. In 1938 the company also began producing...

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New Old Stock Alert!  A View From the Past — Aurora in Picture Post Cards

New Old Stock Alert! A View From the Past — Aurora in Picture Post Cards

Take home a piece of vintage history in pictures to preserve — or to mail a piece of Aurora to friends near or far. This new old stock booklet of 32 unique vintage postcards celebrates Aurora’s Sesquicentennial in 1987. What’s old is new again! Stop by the Gift Shop or shop online to have it delivered (tax and shipping not included).

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Made In Aurora: Thor Motorcycle

Made In Aurora: Thor Motorcycle

The Thor Motorcycle, manufactured locally by the Aurora Automatic Machinery Company (later Thor Power Tool), was one of the most popular early motorcycles nationwide. Over 100,000 were manufactured between 1906 and 1917.

Come see this and more of Our Favorite Things and The Aurora Story at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center including many other things that are #MadeInAurora.

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Special Hours: 2021 Aurora Uke Fest

Special Hours: 2021 Aurora Uke Fest

During the 4th Annual Aurora Uke Fest on Sunday, August 22, 2021, the Aurora Historical Society's exhibits and gift shop at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center will be open from Noon to 5 pm. Stop by to cool off, shop...

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Photo: Independence Day Icons

Photo: Independence Day Icons

Who knew Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty are so fond of each other? Huge thanks to Jeremy and Tina Fewer for participating, along with daughter Hayley, in our 2021 Fourth of July Ringing of the Bells.

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Photos: Words From The Battlefield

Photos: Words From The Battlefield

The pocket-sized diary of Corporal Frederick L. Thayer, who served in the Union Army in the Civil War and later moved from Massachusetts to Aurora with his wife and children, was presented to Eric Pry, Director of the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, on June 11, 2021. It...

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Photo: Haley as Florence Tanner

Photo: Haley as Florence Tanner

Florence Tanner, age 15 in 1860, reaches across generations to thrill a little girl of today. Thank you, Haley, for bringing one of the six Tanner daughters to life!

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Photo: An Antique Bouquet

Photo: An Antique Bouquet

An old-fashioned bouquet of almond-scented valerian and bright peonies lends grace to a June morning alongside the Tanner House, 2021.

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Masks Required Again Inside City Buildings (8/4/21)

Masks Required Again Inside City Buildings (8/4/21)

In an effort to mitigate the increasing rates and better protect the community, the City of Aurora has reinstated its mask policy, which requires masks or face coverings to be worn inside Aurora City Hall and all City buildings.

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Kane County History: John Rogers’ ‘Council of War’ at the Tanner House Museum

Kane County History: John Rogers’ ‘Council of War’ at the Tanner House Museum

Victorian standards of décor called for homeowners of taste to pack their parlors to the brim with every type of object imaginable. Sofas, chairs, tables, pianos, photos, paintings, lamps, sconces, vases, clocks, plants, scarves and gewgaws aplenty were employed to fill the room and cover available flat spaces.

To have a bare mantel and plenty of room to maneuver around the parlor was to display a lack of good taste and even a certain sort of moral failing, placing you outside the bounds of social conformity.

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