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Welcome to the Aurora Historical Society!

Giving the past a future! In continuous operation since 1906, the Aurora Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions in the Chicagoland area. Come tour the 1857 Tanner House, visit our changing exhibits at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center or make an appointment to do research at our History Center. Enjoy our special events such as lectures, cocktail parties for exhibit openings, July 4th Ringing of the Bells and December Holiday Celebration. Shop in our gift shop. Enjoy history. We’ll be happy to see you.


When the Factory Whistle Blows
Plus, a visit from barroom smasher Carry A. Nation!

An after-work visit to O’Rory’s Saloon* on Broadway at the turn of the century

Friday, September 30, 2016, 5:30-8pm

24 North Broadway in downtown Aurora (the 1885 Danahy Building)

$35 per person, cash bar (AHS members $30) 630-906-0650 or online at www.aurorahistory.net or order your tickets below

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Come join us after work to relax, unwind and recall the days when hard-working Aurorans would celebrate the end of the workday by heading for one (or more!) of the 36 saloons in downtown Aurora. Typical 1910 bar fare will be available as well a musical entertainment. Carry A. Nation, notorious barroom smasher, is back in the area and will make a rowdy appearance as well!

The Aurora Historical Society crew will be there, as well as celebrity bartenders like Dan Dolan (his grandfather owned O.B. Dolan’s Saloon on Broadway and Benton)and Jeff Reuland (his grandfather and great-uncle owned Reuland Brothers’ Saloon at 25 N. Broadway). We’ll be joined by assorted citizens and celebrities from 1910 with special appearances by Ellie Carlson of Ellie Presents and the Internationals.

*A fictional saloon based on actual Aurora places of business c. 1910

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Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, not Shaken - the Jewish Experience

David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place
March 20 - September 2, 2016

The Aurora Historical Society with open its newest show on Sunday, March 20th, with a special exhibit opening from 2-5pm. Marilyn Katz is our guest curator.

The Jewish community in Aurora began forming as far back as the 1850s, when early settlers, bearing names like Alschuler and Goldsmith, arrived. The first synagogue was organized in 1904 as the Young Men's Hebrew Association and after decades in rented quarters above stores on Broadway, a temple was built on Lincoln Avenue in 1927, to be superseded by a new temple, B'nai Israel, on Edgelawn in 1961.

The picture above shows a Hannukah party in the 1920s, with Rabbi Rubenstein and bright-eyed children whose families were leaders in all aspects of community life.

Help us bring a WWII Veterans Exhibit to Phillips Park!

The Aurora Historical Society has secured a matching grand to help fund this project - $2 for every $1 we raise. Help us get this exhibit off the ground! Any amount will help us meet our goal. If you have any questions, please call 630-906-0650.