COVID-19 Closure Information

Updated March 19, 2020

The Aurora Colony was founded on a sense of community, of caring for others. With those values guiding our work, the Old Aurora Colony Museum will be closed to the public at least through April 28 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community. During this time, staff will maintain limited office hours, primarily to ensure bills are paid and schools who had planned field trips can keep in communication.

Museum Programs and Operations

Following the guidance of the CDC and Oregon Health Authority, the Aurora Colony Historical Society has decided to close to the public through April 28 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Library services, including research inquiries, will also be paused during this period.

All school tours are paused until Oregon schools resume. Schools who are trying to arrange refunds for their deposits may contact the museum at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The dedication of the Will Family Preservation & Research Center set for April 4 has been postponed. A new date will be announced when the event is rescheduled.

At this time, our annual Emma Day event, Down by the River with Emma, set for May 9, is still on our calendar. We hope to proceed and we are still selling tickets, which will be refunded if the event is cancelled, or if we postpone to a date which you cannot attend.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff, members, and volunteers is our number one priority. In the communal spirit of Aurora, we hope you will join us in pulling together through these challenging times.

The Aurora Colony Historical Society Board has also made plans to alleviate the burden on its staff during this period of stress. Leadership has encouraged all staff to prioritize their own health and safety. Should you call the museum and not reach staff, please leave a message and your concerns will be addressed as soon as possible.

When the museum reopens, we hope to debut a new exhibition in honor of the anniversary of women’s suffrage. Formidable Women will look at the stories of some of the Aurora Colony’s hard-working women, illustrated with artifacts associated with their stories. Through good times and bad, these women persisted – and so shall we, as we get through these troubled times together.