1860s Letters

From the Director,

There are times when I am researching or transcribing things that really hit a button of excitement.   Early this year Dick Fetzer gave me several letters that he had.  It appears that they were written by a young lady named Libbie and were sent to her aunt (last name Haymaker) who lived in Streetsboro.  They are something to read and really reflect the ideas and attitudes that people in this area had regarding the war.  They were written in December 1861.  Parts of the letters were difficult to transcribe and I would appreciate any help with someone taking a shot at determining the wording.  Hope you find them as fascinating as I did.  Read the letter entitled “Dear Aunt” and then “Dear Libbie.”

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Upcoming Dinner Meeting

Save the Date:

Aurora Historical Society Annual Meeting:
Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m.

Bertram Inn, Paws’ Cub House

Speaker: Thomas Eakin, Founder and President, Ohio for History
“Touching All the Bases”

Details and reservation from to follow via mail.

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Videos of Sea World Donated

We got an email several weeks ago about a collection of videos from Sea World and they arrived today. We will soon have them digitized and available for viewing.

Mike Rink wrote us–

I was an Aurora resident and year-round Sea World employee from 1996-2000… I was part of the video production team that covered each Shamu show. I have several dozen VHS tapes from those years, mostly program records of the Shamu show, but they would include 5-6 variations on the show (ShamuVision, World Focus, Summer Nights, etc.). Would you be interested in taking these as a donation? It is likely the largest collection of Orca video from the Aurora park. I left two weeks before Anheuser-Busch sold to Six Flags, and I don’t think much of what remained survived.

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Our Collection Grows-Thank you

The Aurora Historical Society extends its appreciation to the following people for recent donations.

Thomas Eakin—Monetary Donation

Diana Kriedman & All Members of the James A. Garfield Order of the Eastern Star
–Eighteen Volumes of the Order of the Eastern Stars (Aurora Lady Masons) 1926-2007

Sarah Freeman—Large color copy of A.B. Smythe Company’s development in Aurora, OH

Laura King—Yukon Club Cheery Soda which was packaged by Custom Beverage Packers, Inc. in Aurora, Ohio

Mike Thal—Civil War Chaplin’s Bar

–Letter and envelop sent by C.A. Squire from Geauga Lake, Ohio dated Oct. 15, 1894

–Two World War II Navy Uniforms

Carol Repella—Brown women’s lace-up boots, circa 1800s

Ruth Guthrie & Carol Guthrie—Reproduction of five colonial games from Williamsburg, VA

Martha Lambert, Alice Heck, & Ruth Waller (Sisters)—Geauga Lake Park photo album, newspaper articles about GLP, & loose photos in memory of their father Victor H. Kolson, a GLP Worker in the 1940s.

Laura Simms—Framed image of the Aurora Branch Office of the First National Bank and Trust Company of Ravenna.

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Save the Date– Antiques Appraisal Fair

The Aurora Historical Society will host an Antiques Appraisal Fair, Consignment Shop & Cafe on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 3 pm in the library gallery and Aurora Historical Society Museum.  Details:

-Appraisals will be conducted of collectibles by knowledgeable dealers.
-Antique items will be available for purchase.
-Delicious home-made soups, sandwiches and desserts will be featured.
-Admission prices: $5 for one appraisal
$10 for three appraisals

For more information please contact Kathlyn Brown at 330-562-7034 or

The following items will be included in the antiques appraisal fair: books, china, clothing, coins, jewelry, movie posters, musical instruments, oil paintings, post cards, radios, silver, furniture, sports memorabilia, textiles, watches, country store items, vintage purses and accessories, figurines—Florence, Lladro, Royal Doulton, vintage advertising, WW1 and WW2 posters

With Appraisers: Don Arbuckle, Suzanne Gloden, Andrew Hohenfeld, Tim Holder, Kay Previte, Ron Silverman, Michael Thal, Richard and Jan Wilk, Rita Williams

The Consignment Shop will accept vintage collectibles of at least 50 years of age from 10 – 5 on Friday, October 12 in the library gallery. For more information, please contact Diane Oberle at 330-995-3336.

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Marcelle visits KSU Museum

My intern Natasha Davis-Harris and I visited the Kent State University Museum, more popularly known as the Fashion Museum.  The trip was designed to show Natasha how other museums store, display, and exhibit their artifacts as well as confirm that we, at the Aurora Historical Society, were properly caring for our costumes and material artifacts.  Joann Fenn, Assistant Professor and Collections Manager/Museum Registrar directed our tour.  Continue reading →

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Storeroom and Museum Status -Done-

We are slowly re-organizing and re-indexing all items that were moved from the storage room during the flooding. Here are some photos of the room with the new shelving and organizational floor plan. All items are being entered into our Past Perfect Software catalog as we go.

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Refurbishing Almost Complete

Refurbishing the storage room and other areas of the basement is almost complete. Mold damage was remediated by removing the lower 4 ft of drywall. A backup sump system and a waterproofing system was also installed by the city. In these photos you can see the mold damage and the extensive plastic sheeting containment system that was installed to protect the collection and the health of people in the building. Our thanks to Jim Jordan, the Service Dept. and the City of Aurora staff, employees and administration during this nightmare.

Due to the scale of the renovation the museum and office areas were stuffed full of our collection of items. And will remain closed until December.

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