AHS Speaker Series 2016: Jacqueline Stuart – Aurora and the Home Front Recap

On September 21st, the Aurora Historical Society’s 2016 Speaker Series came to an end. Jacqueline Stuart joined us here at Hillary House and discussed the impacts the First World War had on the town of Aurora, as well as the steps local Auroran’s took in order to aid and support the troops, many of which … Read more

Artifact of the Week – August 12th

At Hillary House, we are getting closer to setting up our World War One exhibit opening August 20th. We are getting materials ready and gathering artifacts, but did you know that we have some artifacts belonging to military history on display all the time? Belonging to Robert William Hillary, this sword served both him and … Read more

Mystery Artifact – Friday, July 22nd, 2016

As we continue organizing and cataloging our collection at Hillary House, we come across artifacts once in a while that communicate very little details about them! Sometimes we ask one another’s opinions, and research until we find something similar enough that we are confident in our identification! This artifact was being cataloged by our Collections … Read more

Brief History of Travel Writing

Early travel writing can be found during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and was written from the perspective of individuals in poetry and story narrative. During Classical and Medieval times, content of “travel writing” would be a record of quests, containing a religious focus, and do not tell much about a destination. They did talk about … Read more