About Us

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 Holiday Open Houses at the Tanner House Museum. Shop in our gift shop. Enjoy history. We’ll be happy to see you.

Our Mission

The Aurora Historical Society gives the past a future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and presenting the rich, diverse history of Aurora and the surrounding area.

Staff

John Jaros, Executive Director
Laurel Ormond, Gift Shop
Scott Sherwood, Gift Shop
Josephine Slade, Gift Shop

Board of Trustees

Mary Clark Ormond, President
Virginia Potter, Vice President
Greg Probst, Treasurer
John Medernach, Secretary
Roald Haase
Angela Clay Thomas
Mary Caffee Twait