Descendants of the Aurora Colony
Families with Roots in Aurora
An estimated 1000 people spent some time working and living in the Bethel and/or Aurora Colony’s. There are, consequently, many more thousands of descendants of these original colony members.
Colony descendants were very active in the organization of the Aurora Colony Historical Society in 1963, and they have supported the museum with donations of artifacts since it first opened in 1966.
Are you a Descendant of the Colony?
Family History Files
Collections and Exhibits
Current museum exhibits focus on specific family stories. We exhibit authentic colony artifacts usually acquired by donation or loan from colony families. Since the colonists made most of their furniture, textiles, metal products and baskets we have a rich collection from which to draw. 2012’s exhibits will feature the Ehlen Family and the other Aurora Colony families.