Aurora museum celebrates new items
Aurora Colony Museum releases list of donations from this year.
This year's donors were:
> Lisa Williamson came across stereographic cards at a garage sale that depicted scenes from Aurora.
> Mike Byrnes purchased an original colony office table used by Fred Will and Mike then donated the table to the museum.
> Nancy Woodyard, descendant of Fred Will, donated photos and a marriage announcement concerning her relationship to this story.
> Judith Remington donated photos from her Staiger family relatives as well as part of their 1863 chest that carried items belonging to her Great Uncle William.
> Aurora storybooks, school papers and schoolbooks were donated by Lela Wanner, Joyce and Arlie Lenhart, Joyce Holmes and Emily Hitchens.
> Gary and Elaine Ihle donated a series of letters between cousins who lived at Bethel and Aurora. They offer interesting insights into the late Colony period and after.
> Shirley Will donated her husband Hal's letters and photographs from the South Seas during World War 11. Hal produced some of the best Will family history during his lifetime.
> Todd Gary, descendant of Dr. William Keil, donated the 1858 German Bible used by his son Frederick Keil. The book contained not only Frederick's signature but also family genealogy which we have translated.
Original piano music composed by Edward Finck was donated by his descendant Elinor Golding.
> Eugene Georgetta donated four envelope covers from 1893-1894 identifying Aurora businesses including one with an Aurora Mills address.