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Old Aurora Colony Museum

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15018 2nd St. NE
aurora, OR 97002

(503) 678-5754

www.auroracolony.org

Business Hours

Sunday 12:00 pm 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am 4:00 pm

Founded 1966

Founded in 1966 as Old Aurora Colony Museum by a handful of volunteers and donors, the Aurora Colony Historical Society has spearheaded historical research and preservation in the Old Aurora Colony Museum about the unique heritage of the Aurora Colony, a Christian communal community that flourished from 1856 to 1883 in the heart of Oregon’s historic French Prairie. Acclaimed author Jane Kirkpatrick has built a series of award-winning novels about Emma Wagner Giesy, a member of this community, This communal yet entrepreneurial group helped to foster economic and social change in Oregon through the partnerships created by its founder, Dr. Wilhelm Keil, a charismatic German immigrant, with such Oregon historical figures as Ben Halliday and John Walker Grim. The Aurora Colony Historical Society also oversees the preservation of unique musical manuscripts composed