Aurora

Fire Destroys Aurora Landmark

Aurora Masonic Temple (photo courtesy of the Aurora Historical Society)

Aurora Masonic Temple (photo courtesy of the Aurora Historical Society)

What had been a landmark in downtown Aurora for nearly 100 years is now little more than a vacant lot. A fire at the massive Masonic Temple burned for hours earlier this month; within days demolition crews razed the building. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the Aurora Historical Museum this week to talk with Executive Director John Jaros about the building and what its loss means for Aurora

Fire gutted the Aurora Masonic Temple earlier this month, crews demolished the remains of the building just days after the fire (photo courtesy of John Jaros)

Fire gutted the Aurora Masonic Temple earlier this month, crews demolished the remains of the building just days after the fire (photo courtesy of John Jaros)

Symbol of Civic Pride Takes On A New Role

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At nearly 55 years old, an Aurora resident is being pressed into service on this veteran’s day. Andy Aurora traded his signature look for camouflaged fatigues. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked to the people who drafted him into service

Aurora Andy patches are available for veterans at the Aurora Historical Society gift shop

Aurora Andy patches are available for veterans at the Aurora Historical Society gift shop

You don’t have to be a veteran to show your civic pride with Aurora Andy

You don’t have to be a veteran to show your civic pride with Aurora Andy

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum Celebrates 50 Years

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In just a few weeks, Chicago marks the anniversary of the event that literally wiped the city’s slate clean; and made possible much of the architecture that is celebrated today. The Great Chicago Fire began on October 8th of 1871 and continued to burn until the 10th. Stories connected to the fire reach far beyond the city to places you might never expect. First Light host Brian O'Keefe found a connection to the Great Chicago Fire when he visited the Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

One of the early engines on display at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum   

One of the early engines on display at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

 

The distinctive green dome and keyhole windows are signature features of the one time firehouse that now serves as the home for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (image courtesy of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)

The distinctive green dome and keyhole windows are signature features of the one time firehouse that now serves as the home for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (image courtesy of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)

Walking into the main gallery of the Aurora regional Fire Museum

Walking into the main gallery of the Aurora regional Fire Museum