Category: History

Hesham Shehab

Meaning of Good Friday prior to Easter personal exploration

Good Friday this year, it was more than 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s death. Had he lived to finish his second term, the history of the United States would no doubt have been far different. Some historians believe that if Lincoln had lived, he would probably have been more successful…...

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More than 60 groups, floats, and units enjoyed the inaugural pride parade in Aurora Sunday through the streets of downtown. Here are two of the participating groups. See page 1, page 7, and see facebook.com/thevoice.us for a video of the event. Jason Crane/The Voice

Pride Parade and Festival back on again; Go Fund Me helps

By Amy Roth – The Pride Parade and Festival in Aurora is back on again less than a week after its cancelation. Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora announced Tuesday afternoon standing next to Chuck Adams, executive director of community advocacy group Indivisible Aurora, organizer of the event. The announcement came…...

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Yorkville ‘Then and Now’ at The Chapel

The Chapel on the Green’s annual meeting and election will be held at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Chapel, 107 W. Center Street in Yorkville. After a short business meeting, member Thomas Milschewski will present a program regarding his upcoming history book, “Yorkville Then and Now.” Thomas first…...

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A Focus on History – April 18 through April 24

April 18 At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, Calif. and kills hundreds of residents when it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and…...

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First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Tributes at Aurora City Council

First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. They did not seek another term in office. Jason Crane/The Voice                  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months...

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Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday, April 5. They crossed the street and walked to City Hall and the Water Street Mall for another rally. Carter Crane/The Voice

Protest of convicted murder living at Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday,…...

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White wooden crosses at Pierce Center

The five white wooden crosses memorializing the victims of the workplace shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora Friday, Feb. 15 are on display at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 East Downer Place, Aurora, through May 4. The crosses were given to the Aurora Historical Society to…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Lucretia Mott, social reformer: Lifetime of activity

Along with her spiritual inner beauty, Lucretia Mott was a comely woman and mother of six children with her husband of 56 years, James Mott. Lucretia Coffin was born January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Mass. to Thomas and Anna Folger Coffin. She had one older sister, Martha. Lucretia was a…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Land-grabs relevant throughout history, home included

Our accidental president, Donald Trump, just cannot do enough nice things for his best buddy, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After transferring the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, he recognizes the Golan Heights as “Israeli territory,” territory which the Israelis “liberated” from Syria during the Six Days War in 1967. This…...

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Linda Callaghan, left, president of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club, welcomes Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, who gave a report on the state of the museum to the Rotary Club at Mother’s Pancake House in Aurora. Failing has been executive director for three years. Visits to the museum have increased from 3,000 annually to 11,500. Tom Clark photo

Aurora Regional Fire Museum state of the museum presentation to Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club

Linda Callaghan, left, president of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club, welcomes Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, who gave a report on the state of the museum to the Rotary Club at Mother’s Pancake House in Aurora. Failing has been executive director for three years. Visits…...

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Boxcar communities in Midwest Aurora Public Library April 25 presentation

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library (APL) will be host to Dr. Antonio Delgado for a presentation entitled “Mexican Boxcar Communities of the Midwest.” The presentation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Santori Library, 101 S. River Street, Aurora. Dr. Delgado…...

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A Focus on History: April 11 through April 17

April 11 Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders in history, abdicates the throne, and, in the Treaty of Fontainebleau, is banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba. – 1814. April 12 The bloodiest four years in American history begin when Confederate shore batteries, under…...

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Permanent site for memorial: Five crosses from the memorial at Henry Pratt on Highland Avenue in Aurora, carried by five individuals, prepare to be moved to the Aurora Historical Society’s David Pierce Center Sunday on Downer Place in Aurora. A ceremony was held Sunday at the Pierce Center. The crosses and memorial memorabilia were expected to be moved upstairs this week. See a video at facebook.com/thevoice.us and thevoice.us/pratt-white-wooden-crosses-to-aurora-historical-society. Carter Crane/The Voice

Aurora Historical Society’s David L. Pierce Center permanent site for memorial:

Five crosses from the memorial at Henry Pratt on Highland Avenue in Aurora, carried by five individuals, prepare to be moved to the Aurora Historical Society’s David Pierce Center Sunday on Downer Place in Aurora. A ceremony was held Sunday at the Pierce Center. The crosses and memorial memorabilia were…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Riverview Park in Chicago: Memories linger many years later

To this day, the memories linger and are oh so sweet! I have no photographs of those times, so the memories are all in my heart. When family visited Uncle Emmett in Chicago, the Riverview Amusement Park was a must visit. Uncle Emmett and I were buddies riding on the…...

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Bibi Belford, author of Crossing the Line, shares excerpts of her book Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. The book is an award-winning middle grade novel inspired by the true events leading up to the 1919 Chicago race riots. The book includes a story about an inter-racial friendship which triggers a series of events that will change both of their lives forever.Bibi is a former classroom teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach in the East Aurora School District 131, who lives in Chicago and has written books for children and teens. Jason Crane/The Voice

Author of Crossing the Line shares excerpts of novel inspired by events leading up to 1919 Chicago race riots with Kiwanis Club of Aurora

Bibi Belford, author of Crossing the Line, shares excerpts of her book Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. The book is an award-winning middle grade novel inspired by the true events leading up to the 1919 Chicago race riots. The book includes a story…...

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Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club Monday at Luigi's Pizza in Aurora. Katz, a member of Aurora's Temple B'nai Israel, returned from a trip to Israel recently and had lived in Israel for eight years while she earned a college degree. Al Benson/The Voice

Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club

Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club Monday at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Katz, a member of Aurora’s Temple B’nai Israel, returned from a trip to Israel recently and had lived in Israel for eight years while she earned…...

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A Focus on History – April 4 through April 10

April 4 Only 31 days after assuming office, William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, dies of pneumonia at the White House. – 1841. Just after 6 p.m. April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room…...

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Spring Bluff Farm in Kane County’s Blackberry Township has its roots in seven generations the last 175 years

Spring Bluff Farm: Ready for its 175-year anniversary

By Tim Norris –  After 175 years, Spring Bluff Farm is still in the hands of the Norris family. Spring Bluff Farm, purchased by Matthew Norris in 1844, is in Blackberry Township on Norris Road in Kane County. Its name is a reference to the gravel kames left by glaciers…...

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Pratt white wooden crosses to Aurora Historical Society

The white wooden crosses which commemorate the five victims of the February 15 shooting at the Henry Pratt Company warehouse in Aurora, will be solemnly transferred to the Aurora Historical Society (AHS) Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora…....

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