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Aurora Historical Society Receives $15K Grant From Community Foundation

For further information:
John Jaros, Executive Director
Aurora Historical Society
(630) 906-0650

Exterior refurbishing of the Aurora Historical Society’s Tanner House Museum is nearing completion.

The work has been partially underwritten by a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Work on the historic structure on Aurora’s near West Side began in early August. Improvements have included window repair, replacement of rotted wood and additional carpentry, masonry work, and the first complete exterior painting of the building since 1989, said John Jaros, executive director of the Historical Society. Painting is nearing completion, and new gutters are about to be installed. The painting and carpentry have been performed by restoration specialists Vincent & Sons Home Improvement, Jaros said.

The Tanner House, at Oak and Cedar streets, was built in 1857. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

It has been owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society since 1936. The Tanner House has remained open to the public throughout the restoration work. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for students and seniors. Children under 12 and Historical Society members are free.

For information on the Tanner House, call (630) 897-9029 or visit

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