Celebrating 150 Years!

Aurora, NE

Est. June 19, 1871

On April 6th, 1871, Nathan Thorpe and Robert Miller arrived from Chariton, IA with the intent of establishing a town that would become the county seat. They were led to their eventual township by the twin cottonwood trees that grew near Lincoln Creek. Many a meeting took place under those trees, including one held June 19, 1871, at which time "Aurora" was selected as the name of the new town.


Our town has come a long way in the last 150 years! We look back with gratitude and honor those who came before us, and look ahead with hope for the future!


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Purchase a Commemorative T-Shirt!

Celebrate in style!


Thank you to everyone who purchased a commemorative t-shirt from our online shop!

Still want a chance to purchase a t-shirt in time for A'ROR'N Days? We still have some available for in-person purchase while supplies lasts at:

- Plainsman Museum

- The Old Homestead Market and Floral

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"Aurora. Look No Further."

We at the Plainsman Museum are very excited to be collaborating with B&B Productions to bring you a special film event for Aurora's 150th Anniversary! The film is entitled, "Aurora. Look No Further." and was made at the request of the City of Aurora. Additional support was provided by Hamilton Community Foundation.

Film Showings:

Where: 12th Street Cinema

1121 M St., Aurora, NE 68818

When: Thurs., June 24 - 4:00PM & 6:00PM

Fri., June 25 - 4:00PM & 6:00PM

Sat., June 26 - 9:00AM

Sun., June 27 - 2:00PM

Admission is FREE!

"Journey through yesterday" with us as we celebrate this historic year for our beloved town!

For those unable to attend the live event, we will have an online version of the film available for viewing as well! A link to the online video will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page once it's ready.

Coming Soon!
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