Aurora Town Historian

Aurora Town Historian ROBERT LOWELL GOLLER, Town Historian Since 1919, New York State law has required the appointment of an official historian in each town, village and city.
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The Historian's Office is available as a resource for local history for both the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora in Erie County, New York. OUR MISSION:
—To document and promote the history and heritage of the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora in a
transparent, equitable and politically non-partisan manner.
—To advise local officials, boards and residents on issues related to the

history of the town and village.
—To collect, preserve and maintain the archives for the use of the public in their own research.
—To curate and present the Aurora History Museum exhibits at the Municipal Center in collaboration with the
Aurora Historical Society. RESEARCH HOURS: The Historian's Office archives are open for research Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m., and by appointment. Appointments are not necessary during regular office hours, but please feel free to call or email ahead and we can have materials from the archives ready for your visit. EXHIBIT HOURS: The exhibits of the Aurora History Museum, located throughout the first-floor hallways of the Municipal Center, are open during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Town of Aurora social media policy: By visiting this site, you understand and agree that the Town of Aurora's social media pages are provided "AS IS". The Town of Aurora makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information of this website. The information contained on this website is not official or in any way shall it be deemed to be legal notice where such legal notice is required by law. The information contained in this site is provided as a convenience to people needing information about the Town of Aurora's local government. Portions of the information of this site may be incorrect or not current. The Town of Aurora government, its officers, employees, and agents are not liable for damage or losses of and kind arising out of or in connection with the use of performances of information including, but not limited to, damages or losses caused by reliance upon the accuracy or timeliness of any such information, or damages incurred from the viewing, distributing or copying of these materials.

A VICTROLA CHRISTMAS...Before music could be downloaded, East Aurorans 100 years ago this month were invited to stop in ...
12/06/2023

A VICTROLA CHRISTMAS...Before music could be downloaded, East Aurorans 100 years ago this month were invited to stop in to listen (and purchase for Christmas) Victrola records from George VanKeuren' store. New records arrived at the store every Friday. Mr. VanKeuren's store was located on the northeastern corner of Main and Pine Streets, the current location of Beulah's General Store. (Advertisement from the December 20, 1923 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

12/06/2023

Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. This week I try to answer a question posed on social media about EAST AURORA'S HOUSE NUMBERS. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, please feel free to share and follow the page. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. Thanks for listening! -Rob

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection of ...
12/05/2023

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection of several hundred postcards and other greeting cards that were sent to—and preserved in scrapbooks by—Ada (Burns) Ramen of East Aurora in the 1910s and early 1920s. Although we do not have room to display them all, several of the Christmas greetings are currently on exhibit outside the Historian's Office at the Aurora Municipal Center. Stop by before Christmas to see them in person. Other seasonal postcards from Mrs. Ramen's collection will be exhibited at the appropriate future time for New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other holidays, so be sure to check back! This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.

SMOKERS' CHRISTMAS..."Christmas is not Christmas for a man unless to***co is included amongst his gifts--or a pipe." So ...
12/04/2023

SMOKERS' CHRISTMAS..."Christmas is not Christmas for a man unless to***co is included amongst his gifts--or a pipe." So says this advertisement from 100 years ago for the Brown & Brown Smoke Shop. It was located east of the present-day East Aurora Cooperative Market building, which can be seen on the far right of the second photograph. The Brown & Brown building was demolished in February 1934 to make room for the new railroad overpass across Main Street. (Advertisement from the December 6, 1923 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

OLD-FASHIONED MILEAGE CALCULATOR...In the days before a dashboard computer figured out miles-per-gallon for us, East Aur...
12/01/2023

OLD-FASHIONED MILEAGE CALCULATOR...In the days before a dashboard computer figured out miles-per-gallon for us, East Aurora Rambler dealer Nelson A. Holmes & Sons gave customers this mileage calculator wheel. This unique promotional item is among the many items included in our current Featured Exhibition at the Aurora Municipal Center, "With Our Compliments: A History of East Aurora Swag." Swag might be a modern term, but East Aurora businesses have been giving away promotional products for more than a century. Collected in this exhibit are just some of the East Aurora “swag” preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office and in the collection of the Aurora Historical Society. Local businesses seemed to never miss an opportunity to offer a token of appreciation to their customers that just so happened to include the business’s name and/or logo. This special display will be on view outside the Historian's Office at the Aurora Municipal Center, 575 Oakwood Avenue, through January 26, 2024. Be sure to stop by! We will also continue to feature items from the exhibit on our social media pages in the coming weeks. This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Aurora History Museum is presented by the Aurora Town Historian's Office in collaboration with the Aurora Historical Society New York. For more information, visit www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.

CHRISTMAS IN EAST AURORA...As we officially embark on the Christmas holiday season, we share from the archives of the Hi...
11/30/2023

CHRISTMAS IN EAST AURORA...As we officially embark on the Christmas holiday season, we share from the archives of the Historian's Office vintage images of East Aurora at Christmastime. Thank you to the photographers who captured these images and the archivists who preserved them for us to enjoy: Main Street looking east from the railroad overpass in the 1950s (note the lights strung across the street); the Circle in the early 1960s; Main Street at Hamlin Avenue in the early 1960s (again, note the lights strung across the street).

11/30/2023

This week's livestream topic: A History of Shopping. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, please feel free to share and follow the page. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. Thanks for listening! -Rob

LARKIN'S 'SELF-SERVE' STYLE REVOLUTIONIZED LOCAL SHOPPING...In case you missed it in the East Aurora Advertiser last wee...
11/29/2023

LARKIN'S 'SELF-SERVE' STYLE REVOLUTIONIZED LOCAL SHOPPING...In case you missed it in the East Aurora Advertiser last week, click on the link to read Historian Robert Lowell Goller's latest newspaper column and learn more about this interesting aspect of local retail history.

Larkin’s advertisement in the Aug. 8, 1918 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser explains the new concept of self-service shopping. At the time, 664 Main Street was located where Petrocy Jewelers is today.Advertisement from the archives of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office “Self-serve” shoppi...

DRAFT CALL  #43...80 years ago today, November 29, 1943, less than a month before Christmas, these young men reported fo...
11/28/2023

DRAFT CALL #43...80 years ago today, November 29, 1943, less than a month before Christmas, these young men reported for Aurora's latest World War II draft call. This image comes from the World War II collection in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office, which includes two scrapbooks featuring photographs of Aurora's military draftees. This photograph was taken in the gymnasium of the East Aurora High School (today's East Aurora Middle School) on Main Street.

THE TOWN LOGO...Preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office is the portfolio containing original ske...
11/27/2023

THE TOWN LOGO...Preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office is the portfolio containing original sketches of the official Town of Aurora logo. Although the color and shape of the logo have at times been changed since then, artist Rix Jennings' original vision in 1976 was for the trademark to embody the dark blue horizon at dawn. It is believed that just like other communities that share its name, the Town of Aurora chose its name in 1818 to symbolize the optimism of the "dawn" of a new town. The Town Board officially adopted Rix Jennings' design in February 1977, and it's still used nearly a half-century later. Mr. Jennings also designed logos for the Village of East Aurora and many local organizations. For more information about his career, visit https://www.meibohmfinearts.com/artists/details/58. (Newspaper article from the February 17, 1977 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

RADIO IS HERE TO STAY...Although many people thought it might be just a fad, the radio was "here to stay," according to ...
11/24/2023

RADIO IS HERE TO STAY...Although many people thought it might be just a fad, the radio was "here to stay," according to this article published in the East Aurora Advertiser 100 years ago. "...during the past month a dozen or more radio manufacturing apparatus companies have formed and incorporated in this state, in sharp contrast to the slump which occurred shortly after the instruments first appeared on the markets and when many contended that it was but a short-lived fad." (Article from the November 15, 1923 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING...Wishing everyone in the Village of East Aurora, Town of Aurora and beyond a happy and blessed Tha...
11/23/2023

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING...Wishing everyone in the Village of East Aurora, Town of Aurora and beyond a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for keeping history alive.

-Robert Lowell Goller, Historian.

(Greeting card from the personal collection of Amy Adams Forden, Aurora Town Historian, 1959-1974, donated to the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

EAST AURORA MOURNS KENNEDY...60 years ago this afternoon, "Main Street within a few minutes was almost deserted," after ...
11/22/2023

EAST AURORA MOURNS KENNEDY...60 years ago this afternoon, "Main Street within a few minutes was almost deserted," after the 2:03 p.m. news flash announced the death of President John F. Kennedy. The following week's issue of the East Aurora Advertiser contained many details of the community's reaction to the news. According to the newspaper: "Singly and in groups people entered churches for prayers. Shortly after the announcement of the death of the President, flags on public buildings were lowered to half staff. Conversation for the most part Saturday was in hushed voices." East Aurora Post 362 -The American Legion and VFW Post 205 held a memorial service the following Monday in Oakwood Cemetery. And the front page of the East Aurora Shopping Guide featured a written tribute by Charles F. Hamilton. (Front pages from the November 28, 1963 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, and the November 27, 1963 issue of the Shopping Guide, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

11/22/2023

Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. Although we often talk about East Aurora history, this week we discussed a more universal topic: DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, please feel free to share and follow the page. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. Thanks for listening! -Rob

The Historian's Office will be open regular hours today (November 22), but will be closed tomorrow (November 23) in obse...
11/22/2023

The Historian's Office will be open regular hours today (November 22), but will be closed tomorrow (November 23) in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

LARKIN GROCERY STORE...Yesterday we shared an image from the archives of the former East Aurora Post Office building tha...
11/21/2023

LARKIN GROCERY STORE...Yesterday we shared an image from the archives of the former East Aurora Post Office building that included the Larkin Economy grocery store building next door. Here's a better image of the storefront from the 1930s. It was located at 663 Main Street. At one point, the village had four Larkin stores, one each at the west end and east end, and two in the middle section of Main Street.

THE EAST AURORA POST OFFICE is pictured in the early 1930s, shortly after it was constructed on Main Street. Prior to th...
11/20/2023

THE EAST AURORA POST OFFICE is pictured in the early 1930s, shortly after it was constructed on Main Street. Prior to this, the post office was located on the first floor of the East Aurora Advertiser building at 710 Main Street. This building, which is currently home to the Aurora Sewing Center, served as the post office until 1961. Note the original bricks along Main Street, and one of the Larkin grocery stores located at the time in East Aurora can be seen on the far left.

NEW PUMPER TRUCK...A photograph recently donated to the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office features the new ...
11/17/2023

NEW PUMPER TRUCK...A photograph recently donated to the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office features the new pumper truck unveiled by the East Aurora Fire Department in March 1934. Members of the fire department posed with the new truck in front of the East End Active Hose Co. fire hall, which was located on Olean Road, where part of CVS is located today. East Aurora's fire companies consolidated into a central fire hall 20 years later, in 1954. (Newspaper image from the March 26, 1934 issue of The Buffalo Evening News).

BIRD MIMIC COMES TO EAST AURORA...100 years ago tonight, renowned "bird mimic" Edward Avis gave a recital at The Roycrof...
11/16/2023

BIRD MIMIC COMES TO EAST AURORA...100 years ago tonight, renowned "bird mimic" Edward Avis gave a recital at The Roycroft Inn to raise funds for the new Aurora Town Public Library. "In reproducing the songs and calls of the birds, Mr. Avis is probably without an equal. His whistling is a natural gift, possessed in a like degree by no other known student of the art, while his bird songs are the result of constant study and close companionship with the birds." The recital was accompanied by projected lantern slides and motion pictures. For more information about Mr. Avis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Avis. (Article from the November 15, 1923 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office.)

VINTAGE MATCHBOOKS...Recognize any of these businesses? These vintage matchbooks, just a few of the many preserved in th...
11/15/2023

VINTAGE MATCHBOOKS...Recognize any of these businesses? These vintage matchbooks, just a few of the many preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office, are among the items included in our current Featured Exhibition, "With Our Compliments: A History of East Aurora Swag," at the Aurora Municipal Center. Swag might be a modern term, but East Aurora businesses have been giving away promotional products for more than a century. Collected in this exhibit are just some of the East Aurora “swag” preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office and in the collection of the Aurora Historical Society. Local businesses seemed to never miss an opportunity to offer a token of appreciation to their customers that just so happened to include the business’s name and/or logo. This special display will be on view outside the Historian's Office at the Municipal Center, 575 Oakwood Avenue, through January 26, 2024. Be sure to stop by! We will also continue to feature items from the exhibit on our social media pages in the coming weeks. This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Aurora History Museum is presented by the Aurora Town Historian's Office in collaboration with the Aurora Historical Society New York. For more information, visit www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.

11/15/2023

Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. This week we discussed the HISTORY OF THE PHONE BOOK. Take a listen, and please "follow" the page for the latest videos and updates. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. (Feel free to subscribe and share!) Thanks for listening! -Rob

BANK OF EAST AURORA BOWLING TEAM...Yesterday we featured a photograph of Jackson's Bowling Alley on Whaley Avenue. Here'...
11/14/2023

BANK OF EAST AURORA BOWLING TEAM...Yesterday we featured a photograph of Jackson's Bowling Alley on Whaley Avenue. Here's another, which is among several photographs of the bowling alley preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office. The Bank of East Aurora bowling team, pictured in 1932, included, front row, Wallace Reiter; second row, Jack Schmidt and Louis Thomas; and, back row, Niles Barnum (note the smoking pipe), Edgar Barrows, John Kennedy and Wayne Wright.

JACKSON'S BOWLING OPENS...110 years ago this week, the East Aurora Advertiser announced the opening of Jackson's Bowling...
11/13/2023

JACKSON'S BOWLING OPENS...110 years ago this week, the East Aurora Advertiser announced the opening of Jackson's Bowling Alley on Whaley Avenue. It was East Aurora's first bowling alley since the Opera House--and its bowling alley--burned to the ground five years earlier. Merritt H. Jackson, pictured on the right, operated Jackson's Bowling until his death, when his son Cecil, left, took over the business. In the early days, Jackson's only had two lanes, and high school boys were hired as pinsetters. Additional lanes were added, two at a time, until there were eight. Automatic pinsetter machines were installed in 1957. The business continued to operate until the 2000s. The vacant building was torn down in 2012. (Article from the November 13, 1913 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

VETERANS DAY, 1969...Village Mayor J. Forest Cain, Town Supervisor Abbott Henshaw, East Aurora Post 362 -The American Le...
11/10/2023

VETERANS DAY, 1969...Village Mayor J. Forest Cain, Town Supervisor Abbott Henshaw, East Aurora Post 362 -The American Legion Commander Walter Doe and William Person are shown in this image of the legion's annual Veterans Day observance in Oakwood Cemetery at 11 a.m., November 11, 1969. The ceremony was held at the World War I monument in the cemetery, which was dedicated in 1923 to those who gave their lives in World War I and all conflicts that followed. According to the East Aurora Advertiser's account of the 1969 event, several local World War I, World War II and Korean War veterans were in attendance. Veterans Day ceremonies are traditionally held at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the time of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

THANKSGIVING GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection ...
11/08/2023

THANKSGIVING GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection of several hundred postcards that were sent to—and preserved in scrapbooks by—Ada (Burns) Ramen of East Aurora in the 1910s and early 1920s. These two Thanksgiving-themed postcards, from 1908 and 1920, are among those currently on exhibit outside the Historian's Office at the Aurora Municipal Center. Stop by before Thanksgiving to see them in person. Other seasonal postcards from Mrs. Ramen's collection will be exhibited at the appropriate time for Christmas, New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other holidays, so be sure to check back! This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.

11/08/2023

Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. This week, to mark Election Day, we discussed the history of "political tribalism." Take a listen, and please "follow" the page for the latest videos and updates. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. (Feel free to subscribe and share!) Thanks for listening! -Rob

PEACE!...Although the official armistice ending World War I would come on November 11, 1918, several newspapers around t...
11/07/2023

PEACE!...Although the official armistice ending World War I would come on November 11, 1918, several newspapers around the world got word of Germany's imminent surrender and declared the conflict over a few days earlier. This issue of the Buffalo Evening News, from 105 years ago today, November 7, 1918, was recently discovered in an East Aurora house and delivered to the Aurora Town Historian's Office.

'THE ENEMY ANNIHILATED'...Demonstrating the bitter political divisions of the time, that's how The Weekly Times summed u...
11/06/2023

'THE ENEMY ANNIHILATED'...Demonstrating the bitter political divisions of the time, that's how The Weekly Times summed up Republican victories in the 1880 election. Although the publication touted itself as an "independent local newspaper," The Weekly Times, published at the west end of the Village of East Aurora between April 2, 1880 and autumn 1881, showed an obvious Republican bias. North-South tensions still remained evident 15 years after the end of the Civil War, and the nation was bitterly divided between the two political parties. Republican James A. Garfield won most of the Northern states; Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock dominated the South. Although Garfield won the Electoral College vote 214-155, the popular vote was evenly divided, 4,446,158-4,444,260. The archives of the Historian’s Office contain original copies of the entire run of The Weekly Times/The Aurora Times. For more information about the 1880 presidential election: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1880_United_States_presidential_election.

EMERSON HALL ON PROSPECT AVENUE, THEN & NOW....The removal of the mansard roof from the top of Emerson Hall during recen...
11/03/2023

EMERSON HALL ON PROSPECT AVENUE, THEN & NOW....The removal of the mansard roof from the top of Emerson Hall during recent renovations reveals the Prospect Avenue building's third-floor windows for the first time since at least the 1960s. The building originally served as a Roycroft dormitory and the Roycroft Health Home. During World War I, it served as headquarters of Company M of the 65th Infantry of the Home Guard. After the war, the building housed the Working Girls' Home, a residence for women with developmental disabilities who often held household and other employment in the community. After the home closed in the late 1960s, the building was converted into apartments, which remain today. The "now" photograph was taken this morning, November 3, 2023.

11/03/2023
JAY P NICELY...There was a recent inquiry on social media about how JP Nicely Park in West Falls got its name. Here's a ...
11/02/2023

JAY P NICELY...There was a recent inquiry on social media about how JP Nicely Park in West Falls got its name. Here's a little information about the man behind the name. (From the book, "Legendary Locals of East Aurora," by Robert Lowell Goller, 2014.)

ELBERT HUBBARD'S MOTORIZED BICYCLE...The Historian's Office has received a few questions about a photograph that has bee...
11/01/2023

ELBERT HUBBARD'S MOTORIZED BICYCLE...The Historian's Office has received a few questions about a photograph that has been circulating on social media that shows Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard posing on the Roycroft Campus with a unique motorized bicycle. In the early 1910s, Hubbard was one of the first to try out the new gas-powered Smith Motor Wheel, which attached to a conventional bicycle. According to this advertisement from the East Aurora Advertiser, Roycrofter Cecil J. Fattey was still selling the Smith Motor Wheel in East Aurora in August 1915, a few months after Hubbard died on the Lusitania. (Please note that before June 1926, the house numbering system in the village was inconsistent. 350 Main Street in 1915 is not 350 Main Street today). "Attaches to any bicycle in five minutes...No pedaling....100 miles on a gallon of gasoline." Visit https://nationalmcmuseum.org/2019/05/17/1918-indian-bicycle-with-smith-motor-wheel/?fbclid=IwAR3f3G4iHmT9xRaM6Je5Q-HLlDhRI8Spxc8zQnCN0B55tAQIv8uFAo1E1-s for more information about the Smith Motor Wheel. (Photographs of Elbert Hubbard from the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office; advertisement from the August 5, 1915 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

11/01/2023

NO GERMAN ALLOWED...Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. This week we discussed why the German language was banned in the East Aurora schools and how it relates to what's happening in the world today. Take a listen, and please "follow" the page for the latest videos and updates. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. (Feel free to subscribe and share!) Thanks for listening! -Rob

VICTORIAN HAIR ART...(Warning: Some folks might find this exhibit a bit too creepy, even for Halloween!). In the Victori...
10/31/2023

VICTORIAN HAIR ART...(Warning: Some folks might find this exhibit a bit too creepy, even for Halloween!). In the Victorian era, human hair was used to create wreaths, jewelry and other forms of art as a way to honor the living and the dead. The hair of deceased relatives was used as a memorial. These were called “mourning wreaths” and “mourning jewelry.” But the hair of living family members was used just as often. Sometimes wreaths, jewelry and other items were made from the hair of one person, or a “family wreath” would consist of the hair of multiple family members. Stop by the Aurora Municipal Center, 575 Oakwood Ave., to see genuine examples of this Victorian-era tradition up close! This and other historical exhibits, including the Rix Jennings' historical murals, may be explored throughout the first-floor hallways of the Municipal Center 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibits are presented by the Aurora Town Historian's Office in collaboration with the Aurora Historical Society New York. For more information, visit http://www.townofaurora.com/.../his.../aurora-history-museum.

BRING YOUR OWN NOISE!...An advertisement for East Aurora's Hallowe'en Community Frolic 100 years ago. After the parade, ...
10/30/2023

BRING YOUR OWN NOISE!...An advertisement for East Aurora's Hallowe'en Community Frolic 100 years ago. After the parade, South Grove Street was blocked off for a Hallowe'en carnival. This was in the days before trick-or-treating became a Halloween tradition. (From the October 25, 1923 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office).

HALLOWE'EN GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection of...
10/27/2023

HALLOWE'EN GREETINGS...Our volunteers in the Historian's Office have been busy curating a recently donated collection of several hundred postcards that were sent to—and preserved in scrapbooks by—Ada (Burns) Ramen of East Aurora in the 1910s and early 1920s. These two Hallowe'en-themed postcards, from 1910 and 1916, are currently on exhibit outside the Historian's Office at the Aurora Municipal Center. Stop by before Hallowe'en to see them in person. Other seasonal postcards from Mrs. Ramen's collection will be exhibited at the appropriate time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other holidays, so be sure to check back! This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.

ROYCROFT BAND COSTUME PARTY...Preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office are a number of Halloween-...
10/26/2023

ROYCROFT BAND COSTUME PARTY...Preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office are a number of Halloween-related photographs from our community's past. Information included with this photograph indicates that it features members of Roycroft Band during a Halloween party on the Roycroft Campus on October 30, 1915. (Yes, those are men dressed in drag. And, yes, a few appear to be in blackface, which unfortunately was a common feature of Halloween costumes during this time period.)

DRAFT CALL  #42...80 years ago this weekend, October 28, 1943, these young men reported for Aurora's latest World War II...
10/25/2023

DRAFT CALL #42...80 years ago this weekend, October 28, 1943, these young men reported for Aurora's latest World War II draft call. This image comes from the World War II collection in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian's Office, which includes two scrapbooks featuring photographs of Aurora's military draftees. This photograph was taken in the gymnasium of the East Aurora High School (today's East Aurora Middle School) on Main Street.

10/25/2023

Each week I host a live chat about local history on my page below. This week we discussed the history of trick-or-treating in small towns such as East Aurora. Take a listen, and please "follow" the page for the latest videos and updates. This discussion and all previous videos are also available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/. (Feel free to subscribe and share!) -Rob

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ROBERT LOWELL GOLLER, Historian.

Thank you for keeping history alive! Since 1919, New York State law has required each town and village to appoint a historian to promote local history and manage the archives. The research center is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1-4 p.m., and by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Monday evenings after 7 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs posted on and shared to this page are from the archives of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office. Thanks to the many donors and to the many volunteers over the past century who have helped catalog and preserve this history.

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