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Events & Programs

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To find out more about any of these programs, contact the AHMHS education team, 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) and activities are 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
AHMHS prioritizes the health and safety of your camper. 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.

Campers will have their own designated supplies throughout the week. Face coverings are not required while at the museum. 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 room and activities will be set-up to naturally support physical distancing.


Public Programs


Aurora Teacher Appreciation Event
August 3, 4-7pm
Free, Registration required
The Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites is hosting an Aurora teacher appreciation and outreach night and we want you to save the date for August 3rd! We hope you will join us and some of our partners as we say thank you with food, prizes, goody bags, and previews of programs that we offer for your classrooms. Whether you teach at an Aurora school or are a teacher living in Aurora, we want to say thank you. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to win prizes for games throughout the event and be entered in to a raffle for prizes. Raffle prizes include a $50 gift card to Stanley Marketplace, good at any of these stores

More information to come and space will be limited. Sign up for our email updates to be the first to know when registration opens in July.  

Made possible with support from the Aurora Museum Foundation.

Other sponsors include Stanley Marketplace. 


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, July 7
10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-6
Spend the morning at the Aurora History Museum for educational stories, activities and more. There's a new program every month. 
REGISTER HERE

Registration is recommended, but not required. 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. Please note, children must be supervised by an adult.

ONLINE LECTURE: What Makes a Hero?
Wednesday, July 21
Noon-1 p.m.
Wings Over the Rockies curator, Chuck Stout explores the nature of heroism using examples from aviation in the World War II and Cold War eras. Featured are a diverse group of men and women, military and civilian, a few well-known, but most unknown.

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

Dungeons & Dragons: Arrow Point Adventures
Ages 13-16
June 24
Weekly on Thursdays for 5-6 weeks
4:30-6:30 p.m.
$5 reservation fee includes a set of dice required for the game. 
Led by an experienced game master, this custom campaign is perfect for beginners wanting to try out an RPG or more experienced players looking for something brand new. Join us for 5-6 sessions, including an optional session dedicated to learning the rules and creating a character. Attendance every week is not required. 

This original campaign was created in partnership with Faith Ojebuoboh from Pop Culture Classroom. Support for this program provided by the Aurora Museum Foundation.
REGISTER HERE

Historic Sites Geocache Collection
Find geocaches located at Aurora Landmarks No. 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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