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!



Be sure to purchase a commemorative t-shirt for Aurora's 150th Anniversary! We have options for both adults and children. All shipping is FREE!

To pre-order your commemorative t-shirt, click the link below:

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Coming Soon!

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 sponsored by the City of Aurora, with additional support provided by Hamilton Community Foundation.

The film will be premiering in June (exact dates and times TBD). Admission will be FREE! Tune in to our website and Facebook page as more updates are made available.

"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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