Aurora schools' history focus of society's new exhibit

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The Aurora Historical Society unveiled its newest exhibit -- "Learning Through the Years: A History of the Aurora City Schools" -- on June 10, with a luncheon for the Aurora Board of Education and its administration. The event also was attended by members of the society's board of trustees.

The exhibit contains artifacts and archival materials that are part of the society's permanent holdings, as well as School Board records dating back to the early 1900s. Items include sports memorabilia and trophies, school yearbooks, board records and photographs dating back to 1894.

Among the more interesting items is a record book with the minutes of a 1827 meeting at which School District 4 in Aurora was created, and a 1909 School Board record entry dealing with a complaint about the health and condition of immigrant children living near the train station.

Also, 1966 material outlining the community's effort to raise $15,000 for a sod football field and cinder track at the present high school, a 1914 photo of the old high school on East Garfield Road with a "portable" room adjacent to deal with overcrowding.

Also, a newspaper article from the "Home Town Bugle" which was sent to Aurora's "boys overseas" during World War II picturing the 1937 AHS champion football team with the caption indicating where each was serving in the Armed Forces and those either killed or missing in action.

The museum is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. It is in the basement of the library, and the exhibit will run through September.

Civic and community groups can schedule tours of the museum and use it for meetings. Contact Director John Kudley at 330-995-3336 or email director@aurorahistorical.org. for details.

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