About Us

What We Do

Our Mission

The mission of the Aurora Colony Historical Society is to “promote interactive lifelong learning by inspiring curiosity about, and preservation of, the heritage of the Aurora Colony.”

View our Strategic Plan for 2014-2019.

Our History

In 1956, a Centennial Celebration was organized by descendants of the Aurora Colonists and out of this gala event came a resolution to build a museum where the unique treasures of the Colony could be preserved and displayed.
The Aurora Colony Historical Society was founded in 1963.

Today at the Aurora Colony Historical Society

Old Aurora Colony Museum exhibits focus on Colony families, crafts and history. Tours are offered of the buildings that house the collections of artifacts that have been passed down over the generations.  Throughout the year there are several special events that feature quilts, craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for adults and children.  See the event calendar for details.

Each spring at the Stauffer-Will Farm 4th grade students have the opportunity to experience farm life of the late 1800’s.  Please see the Farm Program for information on scheduling tours for your class.

Please contact us if you have questions.  Please also read highlights from our newsletter, read our recent news, and get to know our board members and staff.

Our Funding

Funding of the Historical Society comes from visitor admissions, memberships, programs, events, gift shop sales, Aurora Colony brand products, donations from individuals, businesses, and grants from foundations and governmental agencies.

The Aurora Colony Historical Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Service regulations.