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Events & Programs

To find out more about any of these programs, contact the AHMHS education team, 303.739.6660 or email us.


Weekly Programs


Morning at the Museum 
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Ages 3-6
Drop in and spend the morning at the Aurora History Museum for educational stories, activities and more. New, free program every Wednesday. This program takes place inside or outside the museum depending on the weather. Please note, children must be supervised by an adult.


Fridays at Coal Creek Schoolhouse
Fridays, June 7 through Aug. 9, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Every Friday we will open the historic Coal Creek Schoolhouse for a family-friendly, all ages program with a different topic and presenter each week. Visit AuroraMusuem.org to learn more and see the full schedule.
Free, no registration required.
Coal Creek Schoolhouse,
15500 E 1st Ave.


Upcoming Events


Tour of DeLaney Farm Historic District
Thursday, June 13, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Join Aurora History Museum and the High Line Canal Conservancy on a morning walk around the DeLaney Historic District. This walk will focus on the history, wildlife and current uses of the DeLaney Farm property and the Canal that borders it.
Delaney Historic District, 170 S. Chambers Road.
Register


Legendary Ladies of Colorado
Saturday June 22, 5 – 6 p.m.
The Legendary Ladies are back! The costumed researchers will return on June 22 to portray four women from Western history. Learn about Maude Nelson, inductee into the Women’s Baseball Hall of Fame, Juana Navarro Alsbury, survivor of the Battle of the Alamo, Jessie Benton Fremont, adventurer, author, and wife of John C. Fremont, and Josie Bassett, moonshiner, rustler, and homesteader.
$5 per person. Ticket Required 

Tour of DeLaney Farm Historic District

Thursday, June 13, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Join Aurora History Museum and the High Line Canal Conservancy on a morning walk around the DeLaney Historic District. This walk will focus on the history, wildlife and current uses of the DeLaney Farm property and the Canal that borders it. Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking on mixed surfaces. 
Delaney Historic District 170 S Chambers Road.

Register

 

Legendary Ladies of Colorado
Saturday, June 22, 5 to 6 p.m.

The Legendary Ladies are back! The costumed researchers will return on June 22 to portray four women from Western history. Learn about Maude Nelson, inductee into the Women’s Baseball Hall of Fame, Juana Navarro Alsbury, survivor of the Battle of the Alamo, Jessie Benton Fremont, adventurer, author, and wife of John C. Fremont, and Josie Bassett, moonshiner, rustler, and homesteader.
$5 per person. Register


The Colorado Freedom Memorial
Wednesday June 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Did you know Colorado’s Freedom Memorial is right here in Aurora? Former radio personality Rick Crandall spearheaded the effort to create a place for family and friends to find peace in the memory of lost loved ones and educate all Americans on the loss we share in the name of freedom. Rick will join us to discuss the memorial in our exhibit, “80 Years Later: Aurora Remembers D-Day.”
Register


DeLaney Historic District Cleanup and Open Day
Saturday June 29, 9:00 – 1:00

Make a change in your community and learn about it at the same time. Tour some of Aurora’s oldest buildings, the Gully house and the Round Barn and join us in cleaning up litter at the historic site. Whether you want to improve your community, learn about local history or just take a walk, this is the event for you! Supplies for picking up trash and snacks provided by the High Line Canal Conservancy. Register. Delaney Historic District 170 S Chambers Road

Open Day at Centennial House
Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m. to Noon

Learn about Aurora’s founding and the architecture of the Original Aurora neighborhood in Aurora’s own Centennial House. This Queen Anne style home was built in 1891 when Donald Fletcher was founding the town we now call Aurora. Architectural tours of the neighborhood will be led by Historic Preservation Specialist Chris Geddes. No Registration required. Centennial House, 1671 Galena St.

The Smoky Hill Trail Presentation at Aurora Public Libraries
Various locations, dates and times

Join us at your local library to learn about the adventure, hardship and excitement of the Smoky Hill Trail, one of the major routes that people used to travel from the East Coast to Colorado in the 1800s. This presentation will be hosted at Aurora Public Libraries.
Saturday July 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tallyn’s Reach, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road Register
Saturday July 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway 
Register

July History Hike: Beginning Birding at Jewell Wetlands
Saturday, July 6, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Walk through a wetland area in the heart of Aurora. On this hike we will learn about the basics of bird identification with the Audubon Society and discuss the community effort to protect the Jewell Wetlands Park.
Jewell Wetlands, 13005 E. Jewell Ave.
Register

August History Hike: Coyotes at DeLaney Farm Historic Site
Friday, Aug. 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Visit DeLaney Historic District and learn all about the lives of coyotes as we walk around the property with a Naturalist from Aurora Parks Recreation and Open Space Department.
Coal Creek Schoolhouse, 15500 E. 1st Ave
Register

Open Day at Centennial House
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to Noon

Learn about Aurora’s founding and the architecture of the Original Aurora neighborhood in Aurora’s own Centennial House. This Queen Anne style home was built in 1891 when Donald Fletcher was founding the town we now call Aurora.
No Registration required. Centennial House, 1671 Galena St.

DeLaney Historic District Open Day
Sunday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to Noon.

Explore Aurora’s early history and discover this hidden gem in the middle of our city. Visit the oldest remaining home in Aurora, see inside the unusual Round Barn and learn more about the family who lived on the DeLaney Historic District.
No Registration required. DeLaney Historic District, 170 S. Chambers Road




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Watch here for registration - coming soon.


Sumer Speaker Series: Medical Research in Aurora

July 19 to 29, Various dates and times
Want to learn more about the work being done by doctors, nurses and researchers in Aurora? Aurora History Museum is working with staff at CU Anschutz Medical Center to explore breakthroughs, exciting research and new technologies coming out of the state-of-the art labs and facilities on the former Army base.

Coal Creek School Days

Fridays, June 7 to Aug. 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Drop-in, all ages programming every Friday at our historic Coal Creek Schoolhouse in the DeLaney Historic District, near Chambers Road. Each week we will feature a new program from one of the City of Aurora's cultural departments. Please be aware that there are NO RESTROOMS on this site.

No registration necessary. Coal Creek Schoolhouse, 15500 E. 1st Ave.



Online Content


Social Media

When Was It? Every Wednesday we post #WhenWasItWednesday with an object or photograph from our collection to social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). You’ll need to guess the year based on what you see (car models, stores, fashion, hair styles and trends). Here's the catch: we don't have dates for every object or photograph in our collection; we are counting on you to help us narrow down the time frame! @AuroraHistoryCO on all platforms.

Geocaches

Find geocaches located at Aurora Landmarks No. 5, No. 9, No. 11 and No. 26 using Geocaching.com. After you find the cache, visit the Aurora History Museum during regular business hours and receive a limited edition coin for each geocache you find. We showcase a different historic landmark every year, so start your collection today!
Coins are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to pick up the coin on the same day you find the cache.

Discover DeLaney Homestead
The Discover DeLaney Homestead series is a great way to compliment a walk through the DeLaney Homestead Historic District and Open Space. Click a link below to learn more about the historic site.

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