Gifts to the Colony 2015

Donations Continue to Enrich the Collection

Three very special Aurora Colony trunks were donated to the museum during 2015.  As one can imagine they were filled with a variety of family papers, photos and artifacts, and some of these gifts added tremendously to our understanding of the families and lives within the Colony and after.

Treasures from the Trunks

Anne Watson and Chloe Hartman donated a trunk that belonged to their grandmother and great-grandmother Helen Greenwood Koch, a descendant of the John and Barbara White Giesy family. John and Barbara’s daughter Louisa Giesy married Ernest Greenwood and their daughter Helen attended Smith College where she wrote several “fictional” stories about visiting Aurora for the Smith College Monthly.

Bernice and Harriett Burkholder donated a trunk that held colony era kitchen artifacts as well as wonderful family photographs.  One of the pictures is a one of a kind view of the Aurora Hotel.

Gary Zimmerman donated a trunk with an incredible array of papers and photos documenting the Zimmerman family farm life after the colony.  A very special part of this collection includes materials from Henry Zimmerman’s World War 1 Military kit.

You just never know what winds up in the trunk!

Connections to the Past

One of the special experiences of having been associated with the museum over a thirty two year period, has been having the opportunity to meet some of the founders of the historical society. In 1993 Anne Watson’s mother, Mary Watson, donated a family quilt made by Louisa Giesy which we have included in this new exhibit of family items. 
Descendants of the Burkholders have been regular supporters and members of the historical society, but these new donations are materials that most of them would never have seen as they came from another side of the family.
These wonderful connections piece together some of the puzzles of the past for researchers and visitors alike.

A Special Reception

Donors to our 2015 Gifts to the Colony exhibit will attend a special reception at the Old Aurora Colony Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit itself runs through December 31st, 2015.  Hours to the public are 11p.m. to 4p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Noon to 4p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Pieces of the Puzzle from the Past

Our museum’s 50th anniversary year kicks off February 2nd with our new exhibit “Pieces of the Puzzle from the Past” featuring some of our best artifacts and stories from fifty years of collecting.  How did we acquire the music box? How about the Schellenbaum?  You’ll just have to visit to find out!