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Good day all!

At the Library Board meeting on Monday, I spoke with the ACT representatives about opening the museum during intermission at their next show. “Once Upon a Mattress” opens Friday, April 29th and runs through May 21. Intermission is at about an hour into the performance (so 9pm for the evening shows, 4pm for the matinees) and lasts for about 20 minutes. Please respond if you are attending any of these shows or would be interested in opening up the museum. Thanks!

Show schedule ***Intermission is an hour after the times listed** :
Fri., April 29, 8pm–
Sat., April 30, 8pm–
Fri., May 6, 8pm–
Sat., May 7, 8pm–
Sun., May 8, 3pm–
Fri., May 13, 8pm– TROOK
Sat., May 14, 8pm–
Sun, May 15, 3pm–
Fri., May 20, 8pm–
Sat., May 21, 8pm–

Have a great day! Just email the link below
Katie Trook

Generous Leamy Legacy

Aurora Historical Society receives a grant from Charles L. and Josephine Robson Leamy Fund of the Cleveland Foundation

The Aurora Historical Society is honored to have been awarded an annual grant from the estate of Charles and Josephine Leamy. The Board of Directors of the Cleveland Foundation authorized the grant from the Charles L. and Josephine Robson Leamy Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.

The Leamys were vital supporters of the Society’s endeavors to preserve Aurora’s past and to educate the public of the important role that Aurora has played in the development of Northeast Ohio. Charles served as a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees and was president from 1994-1995, the Leamys was also Life Members.

As part of his civic and community commitment Charles served several terms as an Aurora City Councilman and was active in The Church of Aurora. The grant which was earmarked for the general support of the Aurora Historical Society will perpetuate the Leamys’ commitment and dedication to the community of Aurora.

The Historical Society is very grateful for this gift, the Board of Trustees will use the grant each year on projects and equipment, which we will document here on this website.

Woodpecker Woes

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Photos from the Dessert Meeting


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Geauga Lake from the air & ground


See Sea World

Clevelanddotcom has a collection of their old photos online HERE.

We also have a large collection of newspaper clippings and photos donated to us by SeaWorld/Cedar Faire.

What do you remember about the park?

February Meeting

Please join us
The Aurora Historical Society’s Winter Gathering

Appetizer/Dessert Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Gallery and Historical Society Museum
“Aurora, Dear to Our Hearts”
Presented by John Kudley

Members A-M Please bring a dessert to share.
Members N-Z Please bring an appetizer to share.
Beverages, including wine, will be served.

Hope to see you there!!
Questions: Michael Thal (330-995-4067)
or Diane Barben (216-409-4048)

Deed House Gala

Aurora Continues the Deed House Project

Once again the Aurora community has shown its support for the Ebenezer Sheldon Deed House project.  The November 19th “Deed House Gala” was attended by 110 supporters who enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner, music provided by an Aurora High School orchestra quartet, and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items.  The Aurora Historical Society unveiled its 2015 Ebenezer Sheldon Deed House Ornament.  Through the organizing efforts of Kathlyn Brown the Society is nearing its goal of raising funds to complete the interior renovation of the Deed House, as well has to provide for educational programming centering on Sheldon’s accomplishments as Aurora’s first settler.  Monies will also sustain the ongoing operation of the Deed House as a historical visitors’ center.  Individuals still have the opportunity to support the project by making donations to the Aurora Historical Society.  Be part of history!

Deed House Progressing Nicely


As of November 1, the exterior work on the Deed House is shown here with Mark Horne and his crew posing for posterity.  The exterior looks to be even more complete as of November 4 most of the work looks to be almost done. Roof, paint, door and siding restoration are looking good.





Deed House Move

Message from the President

The Ebenezer Sheldon Deed House is resting upon its new home on the City triangle adjacent to the
Aurora Memorial Library. One can only wonder what Ebenezer would think about all the excitement that has been generated and all the hard work that has gone into this project.

The Deed House will serve as a historic visitors’ center that will focus on the founding and settling of Aurora. An interpretative display of Sheldon’s work as an agent for the Big Beaver and Cuyahoga Land Company and his early efforts to establish Aurora as a major town within the Connecticut Western Reserve will be showcased.


Leaving the Sheldon property

Visitors to the Deed House will also be able to tour Aurora’s historic areas by selecting from walking tour brochures of the Aurora Center Historic District, the Train Depot District and/or the Aurora Cemetery. They will also be directed to the Aurora Historical Society Museum as part of their journey through Aurora’s history. The Board of Trustees has worked hard to get the Deed House where it is today. Much more needs to be accomplished.


Coming down East Pioneer


Getting ready to settle on the new location

The City under the administration of Mayor Ann Wormer Benjamin and Parks and Recreation Directory, Jim Kraus has taken on the moving of the structure, completion of a new foundation, and will take on the exterior renovation. The AHS has signed a ten year lease for use of the Deed House and is responsible for its interior renovation and operation as a historic visitors’ center. Our goal is to raise $60,000. An informational packet explaining how you can participate in this exciting fund raising effort will be forthcoming.

Deed House pledge card

Board members gathered at the Deed house before the August meeting

Board members gathered at the Deed house before the August meeting