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Events & Programs

Super Old News Tuesdays at 11 on Facebook LiveHistory Summer Camp

To find out more about any of these programs, contact the AHMHS education team, 303.739.6663 or email us.


AHMHS Community Grant Guidelines


SUMMARY
The purpose of the AHMHS grant is to provide financial support to individuals and organizations completing programs or projects related to Aurora's history and/or cultural diversity. Applicants must currently reside within the city of Aurora boundaries and serve the Aurora community. This grant is not meant to cover general operating costs. The applicant does not have to hold a 501(c)3 status or be a part of an organization dedicated to history in order to apply for this grant.

Projects can be organized by anyone, but an adult over the age of 18 with experience relevant to the project/program is required.

The total amount of grant funding available is $2000, but the committee will attempt to award more than one applicant in a single grant cycle if possible. As a result the award amount may be less than requested by the applicant. A grant cycle is 1 year from the award date.

Review the full guidelines using the link above.

Application Due: May 27, 2021
Funding Announced: June 11, 2021

Questions: 303.739.6663, or email us

S.T.E.A.M.-Powered History Camp


Jump back in time and technology to mid-century Aurora; campers will explore Aurora’s history through the decades of suburban growth and the scientific and technological advancements that came with it. Learn food science with Jell-O and citric acid, compete against another superpower in a cold war escape room, and race to be the first to launch a rocket. Flex your creativity and ingenuity as we explore this formative period in Aurora’s history.

We are planning to host the camp in person at the Aurora History Museum (15051 East Alameda Parkway).

We are limiting registration to 10 campers per week and activities will be primarily outside. 

AGES
11-13: July 12-16
8-10: July 19-23

SCHEDULE
Drop off: 8 - 8:30 AM
Camp: 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Pick up: 11:30 AM - Noon

COST
$65 per camper
Museum Foundation Members receive a 15% discount

PROGRAM SUMMARY
Monday: Our first day of camp includes 'get to know you' games to meet your fellow campers, a cold war escape room game, and spy training course.

Tuesday: You make your own comic, learn about electrical circuits, and use those skills to make an alarm for your bedroom door.

Wednesday: The mid-century in Aurora was a time of change, today we explore the military technology and food science that changed our city.

Thursday: Today is all about coding. We will learn how computers work, practice speaking their language, and use computer games and a giant keyboard to see how those things go together.

Friday: We finish the week with a space race. Who will launch their rocket first? Who will build the best moon lander? Come play with us to find out.

COVID INFORMATION:
AHMHS prioritizes the health and safety of your camper. We are monitoring and will follow all public health guidelines for in person programs. The following procedures are currently in place, but may change based on the most current health guidance. We follow current Tri-County Health Department and city of Aurora guidelines.

Group Size
We are limiting capacity to 10 campers per week. Every camper will have their own designated supplies throughout the week.

Face Coverings
We follow guidelines enforced by the Tri-County Health Department and the city of Aurora.  

Physical Distancing
Children and staff will maintain physical distance (3-6 ft.) as much as possible. While the camp will primarily take place outside, restrooms are located inside the museum. If we are forced to move the camp inside, the number of visitors to the museum will be limited and the room and activities will be set-up to naturally support physical distancing.


Public Programs


Super Old News
Live, every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the AHMHS Facebook page, Super Old News brings you up-to-date old news from Aurora's historic newspapers. You can help the Super Old News Network by visiting the link below and donating to the efforts of the Aurora Historical Society to digitize Aurora's historic newspapers and make them available online. https://auroracohistoricalsociety.org/donate-to-the-newspaper-digitization-project/

Morning at the Museum
Wednesday, June 2
10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-6
Spend the morning at the Aurora History Museum for educational stories, activities and more. Themes change every month. June's theme is water.
REGISTER HERE

Attendance is limited, so registration is recommended. One registration includes an adult and their child(ren). All people attending under one registration must be from the same household. This program takes place outside the museum. In case of inclement weather the program will be moved inside and will operate under the same rules required for all indoor museum visitors. You can find out more at AuroraMuseum.org.
Please note, children must be supervised by their parent or guardian.

ONLINE LECTURE: What's for Dinner in 1920?
Wednesday, May 19
Noon-1p.m.
Colorado meals in the 1920s varied radically from today. Our menus were based on traditional foodways, food production and distribution systems, and kitchen technologies. Professor Geoff Hunt discusses some Presidential favorites from the 1920s.

The lecture is free, but you must register to receive the link to the online Webex meeting. Please only register if you plan to attend. More than one person can attend using the same computer.
REGISTER HERE

ONLINE LECTURE: What Kalaupapa can teach us about COVID-19
Wednesday, June 16
Noon-1 p.m.
Local historian, Mark Kahalekulu and Museum Director T. Scott Williams discuss Hansen's Disease and the Kingdom of Hawaii's response in light of current world events.

The lecture is free, but you must register to receive the link to the online Webex meeting. Please only register if you plan to attend. More than one person can attend using the same computer.
REGISTER HERE

Historic Sites Geocache Collection
Find geocaches located at Aurora LandmarksNo. 9, No. 11, No. 20, 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.

Online Content


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.


Aurora History Presentations


Choose a topic from the list below.

  • Available at your location
  • 45 minutes, includes time for questions
  • Location must have a small table and a screen or blank wall.
  • $50 per presentation
  • Please contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Aurora: Gateway to the Rockies

The history of Aurora through stories and historic photos. 

Colfax: The Heart of Aurora
The 26 mile span of Colfax connects the Denver-Metro area together. Learn about this iconic street and its influence on the development and growth of Aurora.

Trolley Talk: Transportation Then and Now
Among the Aurora History Museum’s most unique items is Trolley Trailer 610. Discover the history of transportation in Aurora, from horse-drawn carriages and street cars to present means of travel.

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