Geauga Lake Marker

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The City of Aurora’s Landmark Commission in cooperation with the Aurora Historical Society, The Geauga Lake Improvement Association, and the Ohio History Connection are pleased to announce the dedication of the “Geauga Lake” Historic Marker.

The dedication will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm.  The marker will be placed on property owned by the Geauga Lake Improvement Association located on the southern shore of Geauga Lake along State Route 43 adjacent to the former Geauga Lake Ballroom. 

The double sided marker not only commemorates the cherished history of Geauga Lake Park, but also recognizes the importance of the Geauga Lake Community as a vital part of the City’s history.  Initially known as “Giles Pond” the area quickly grew when the predecessor of the Erie Railroad began to stop at “Pond Station.”  In the 1880’s locals established picnic grounds, a dance hall, and other facilities for those seeking a country getaway.  In 1887, Picnic Lake Park opened offering rides, a roller rink, photo gallery, billiard hall and bowling alley.  The Kent Hotel was constructed on the southeast side of the lake in 1888.  In the century that followed the park grew and changed ownership over the years.

The community of Geauga Lake began as a cluster of summer cottages occupied by visitors to Giles Pond.  Residential growth began in earnest with the formation of two allotment companies: the Geauga Lake Orchard Company in 1915 and the Western Reserve Land Company in 1920.  In 1921, the Geauga Lake Improvement Association (GLIA) was chartered to protect the residents’ access to the lake.  During Prohibition, this rural setting was the site of speakeasies and dancehalls such as the Magnolia Club.  With gas rationing during WWII the GLIA’s lakeside clubhouse doubled as a church with services offered by Reverend J.R. Hutcherson.  The postwar era housing shortage and improvements in transportation brought a transition to the community with year-round housing.  The GLIA continues to be the guardian of the adjacent area.  .  In 2007, the melodic sounds of the carousel and the echoing screams from the “Big Dipper” roller coaster ceased when the park closed. 

In addition to the program Geauga Lake Park memorabilia will be on display along with the opportunity to purchase Aurora Historical Society merchandise.  The event is open to the public.  For further information contact the Aurora Historical Society at 330-995-3336 or at  Visit us on Facebook or on the web at

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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.





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AHS donates books

On December 19 a contingent of Aurora Historical Society Board members made a donation of 400 copies of its signature title, Aurora: From the Founding to the Flood, to the fourth graders at Leighton Elementary. Each student received a copy of the book and each of the eight fourth grade classrooms received an additional set for future use.

Dee Ann Pochedley’s class enthusiastically welcomed John Kudley, Kathlyn Brown, Dick Fetzer, Michael Thal and Neil Klimko to join in the distribution. Dick, co-author of the volume, signed each student’s copy. The students were polite, appreciative and very bright. They also received an invitation to visit the Historical Society Museum.

One of the missions of the Aurora Historical Society is outreach to the community. There can be no better way to accomplish that goal than through engaging of our young people.

We hope that you will enjoy some glimpses of that endeavor.



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City visits City Exhibit

On December 1, most of our city government officials visited the new exhibit in the museum. Birth of a City traces the evolution of city government in Aurora Township. From the founding in 1799 to the present, Director John Kudley has assembled documents and has explained how Aurora became Aurora City.


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Saturday, Lincoln Discussion

We hope to see you at the free “Surgical Advancements during the Civil War”  presentation at 5pm on Saturday the 30th.

Dr. Peter D’Onofrio, Pete's CW Picture
President, Society of Civil War Surgeons

The Civil War was the first modern war and resulted in the highest number of U.S. casualties per capita of any of our wars as approximately 620,000 men perished, including 360,000 in the North and 260,000 in the South; 25 percent of those involved died. These casualties exceeded those of all other U.S. wars and affected nearly every family in the North and South. What is not often understood or appreciated now are the rapid advancements made in American medicine that were stimulated by this conflict. Dr. D’Onofrio’s PowerPoint illustrated presentation explains those advances and their impact on the subsequent development of American medicine.

Dr. D’Onofrio is President of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and editor of its quarterly publication, The Journal of Civil War Medicine. The specific goal of The Society of Civil War Surgeons is to promote, in both members as well as the general public, a deep and abiding appreciation for rich medical heritage of the American Civil War. To accomplish this, The Society will foster fellowship, provide a continuing forum for education and the exchange of information, and provide communications among people who have similar interests. The Society will also serve as a resource for those seeking authoritative information of Civil War medical and surgical practices.


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Lincoln Video

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Our thanks to Dennis Suchetka from Time Warner Cable 9 who filmed this segment at our exhibit.  It will be first shown on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. then for a week at noon and again at 7:00 p.m.

Free Lincoln Exhibit Open Feb 24 – April 5 | Mondays, 1-7pm | Tuesdays 11am-3pm, 5pm-7pm | Wednesdays 2-6pm |
Fridays 10am-2pm, 4pm-6pm | Saturdays 12pm-4pm

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AHS on facebook

If you are a facebook user add something to our new facebook page. The link is here

We will be adding content and building the site as we are able.

Come and  “Like” us.

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Lincoln Is Here – our schedule



The American Library Association Public Programs Office has chosen the Aurora Historical Society to host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Calendar of Events

March 26—Aurora Memorial Library features “Aurora Cooks” & will feature recipes & cookware from the Civil War era. (Call AML 330-562-6502 for details) Free

March 30, 5pm—Dr. Peter D’Onofrio, President, Society of Civil War Surgeons will present “Medical Advancements in the Civil War.” This should be an enlightening discussion which will make us all appreciate the level of medical care & technology we enjoy today! Free. In the Aurora Community Theatre.

April 5—Closing Day of the exhibition.

Free Lincoln Exhibit Open Feb 24 – April 5 | Mondays, 1-7pm | Tuesdays 11am-3pm, 5pm-7pm | Wednesdays 2-6pm |
Fridays 10am-2pm, 4pm-6pm | Saturdays 12pm-4pm

If you are interested in this project, please contact Marcelle Wilson for volunteer activities, planning committee work, or sponsorship opportunities at 330-995-3336 or via email


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Members Enjoy Picnic

The Moebius Nature Center was once again the location for our annual picnic. Beautiful weather, good food and friends made for a wonderful day.
Here’s a few photos of the day.

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