Aurora Colony Museum Turns 50!

A local newspaper reports 2013 is a big year for the Aurora Colony Museum. That’s due in part to this being the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Colony Historical Society.

Read the recent article on Aurora Colony history and upcoming celebrations here!

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Headstone of Dr. William Keil, founder of Aurora, Oregon

Local Fun This Saturday!

Here’s information on a fun, local event from the Oregon State Park website:

The Donald Manson barn has played a central role in 151 harvests. Manson built the current barn in 1862, a year after the devastating 1861 Willamette River flood that cost him his original barn, equipment, animals and harvested crops. He rebuilt his barn in the spot where it still stands today in what is now Champoeg State Heritage Area.

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Photo courtesy of Oregon State Parks

Farmstead Day showcases life in the 1860s via dozens of volunteers in period clothing re-enacting everyday chores. Your family can join in living history demonstrations, including:

  • Grinding wheat and corn
  • Harvesting the vegetable garden
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Butter churning & bread making
  • Water pumping and hauling
  • Blacksmithing with a traditional leather bellows and period tools
  • Period woodworking
  • Listening to a fur trapper & hide tanner tell their stories

Just like early farmers after harvest end, celebrate the day with music and dancing in the barn.

The event is free, but day-use parking is $5.

Click here for more information and a map to this upcoming event.

Aurora Colony Parade

The Aurora Colony Parade was held on August 10th at 11:00AM on what turned out to be a warm Summer Saturday.

Lots of people turned out for the parade around the town. Here are some highlights. Click on an image to enlarge.

Aurora Colony Days Parade

The Aurora Colony Days Parade will be held this Saturday, August 10th at 11:00 AM.

If you enjoy a terrific ‘small town’ event that’s lots of fun, don’t miss the Aurora Colony Days Parade. This is truly a family-friendly event which begins at the Aurora City Park. Because the parade route runs through much of town, you really can’t miss it.

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On Saturday there will also be FREE ADMISSION to the Aurora Colony Museum.

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Aurora, Oregon Colony Museum


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a list of Aurora Colony Days festivities!