capturing The stories of Aurora

June 27 -

October 1, 2018

Aurora United Church:

200 Years at Yonge and Tyler, and the journey continues

Town Park: A Community Storybook has received funding from the

Virtual Museum of Canada' s Community Stories Investment Program.


On This Spot: Aurora


The lot at the corner of Yonge and Tyler stands empty today. Four years ago a devastating fire destroyed the home of the congregation of Aurora Methodist/United Church. But it was not the first fire that the members of the church had experienced. Nor was it the first struggle they had faced in their two hundred year history. Through wars, depressions, rebellion; through changes in their community from farmland to commuter town, through change from Methodist to United, the spirit that drove that early congregation remained.


And that spirit remains today – 200 years later as we celebrate and honour our 200 years at the corner of Yonge and Tyler and look forward as our journey continues.


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Aurora Methodist Church

c. 1890
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Aurora United Church

c. 1960s
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Sanctuary Renovations

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Sunday School Class

c. 1865

This exhibition is guest curated by the Aurora United Church 200th Anniversary Committee.

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12th York Battalion

c. 1900
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Track and Field

c. 1930s
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Dominion Day Lacrosse Game

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Girl Cadets

c. 1940s

Town Park: A Community Storybook

Now online


As a casual meeting place, site of celebration, active sports field, and military establishment, Town Park has been a focal point in the Town of Aurora for over 150 years. Over the years and across generations, this tiny plot of land has played host to thousands of visitors seeking a sense of community.   Woven into the very fabric of Aurora, Town Park: A Community Storybook recalls the compelling history of a place that is much more than a neighbourhood park



From The Collection



Snapshot Aurora: A Front Yard Portrait


Download the app to view over 100 historical photos of Aurora and compare them to carefully restaged photos from the same perspective today. Using the in-app camera you can create your own then and now photos, and superimpose yourself into historic photos of Aurora. In addition, two walking tours give unparalleled access to our local history.

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Self-guided walking tours

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100 then & now images

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Watch the street change

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add your own photos


A fun project for the whole Town!  Help the Museum document life in Aurora by having your photograph taken in front of your business or residence. Photographers from the Aurora Camera Club will be fanning out across town to take your picture. Or, if you prefe

upload your own photograph directly to the museum.

A joint project with the

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Davis Family, Yonge Street

c. 1900s
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Charles Family

c. 1920
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Unknown Family, Victoria Street

c. 1890s
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Graham Family, Centre Street


every week to see items featured from the Collection

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The Mission of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to serve as a repository for the collective stories and experiences of the Town of Aurora.  We are committed to preserving, promoting and presenting the vibrant and ever changing character of the Town by making our collection accessible and available.





The mandate of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and share material that has a meaningful connection to the Town of Aurora and serves to document its evolving history.





The Aurora Museum & Archives has its origins in the Aurora Historical Society which was founded in 1963.  For 50 years the Society developed, preserved and interpreted a collection of over 16,000 objects.  Known as the Aurora Collection, it includes artifacts, photographs, textiles, books and documents spanning the period from 500 BC to present day.


In 2013, the Aurora Collection was transferred to the Town of Aurora and the Town’s first curator was hired in December 2014.  The Aurora Collection was re-branded in 2015 as the Aurora Museum & Archives and is part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department of the Town of Aurora.


Aurora Museum & Archives

22 Church Street

Aurora, ON L4G 1G4




Monday & Tuesday :  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday to Saturday : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays




Shawna White




905-727-3123 xt. 3710

Michelle Johnson


Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator


905-727-3123 xt. 3711


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