Business Number: 132003849RR0001

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the social, cultural and material heritage of the community of Aurora for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of present and future generations.


The Aurora Historical Society was established in 1963 by a group of local residents who were interested in the town's rich history. The group began collecting artefacts, advocating for the preservation of heritage buildings, and holding regular meetings with speakers on a wide variety of historic topics. For the past 50 years AHS has been the only collecting institution in Aurora and has enjoyed many successes; preventing the demolition of the Church Street School building and opening the town's only museum are two examples.

Today, the Society owns and operates Hillary House National Historic Site in the heart of Aurora. AHS regularly shares new exhibits, unique heritage programming and a variety of events with the community.

What People Are Saying

"I'm amazed! What an extensive family history. This exhibition certainly brought the house to life. Well Done!"

— A Hillary House Visitor

"Loved the displays!"

— Jeanette H.

"Wonderful! I've visited Hillary House before- the new rooms add so much context and richness- totally enhances the experience. Well done!"

— A Hillary House Visitor

"This was my first visit and I LOVED it! It was really enjoyable to be able to walk in these rooms. It gives you a different perspective on museums. Thank you!"

— A Hillary House Visitor

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