Aurora Museum Foundation

The Aurora Museum Foundation's mission is to provide broad-based funding and community support to ensure the continued viability of the Aurora History Museum. The mission of the History Museum is:

The Aurora History Museum shall be a professionally operated and managed institution dedicated to the historical and cultural enrichment of the community by encouraging the exploration and appreciation of Aurora's rich history. The Museum will fulfill this mission by collecting, interpreting, preserving, exhibiting, and making available for study historically significant documents, artifacts, and art representative of Aurora, its environs, cultures and people, both past and present.

Organizational Overview

Name
Aurora Museum Foundation
Phone
303-739-6705
Address
Aurora History Museum
Aurora, CO 80012
EIN
84-1139315
Website
www.auroramuseumfoundation.org
Email
Info@auroramuseumfoundation.org
Mission
Statement
The Aurora Museum Foundation's mission is to provide broad-based funding and community support to ensure the continued viability of the Aurora History Museum. The mission of the History Museum is:

The Aurora History Museum shall be a professionally operated and managed institution dedicated to the historical and cultural enrichment of the community by encouraging the exploration and appreciation of Aurora's rich history. The Museum will fulfill this mission by collecting, interpreting, preserving, exhibiting, and making available for study historically significant documents, artifacts, and art representative of Aurora, its environs, cultures and people, both past and present.

The Foundation is pleased to announce the "Ruth Fountain
Addition" for Trolley Trailer No.610 (built in 1913), a new gallery being added to the Museum On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 the City Council approved the project which significantly enhances the Aurora History Museum, its educational programming, and general public interest. The new addition will not only house the trolley, but will be used for a new permanent Aurora exhibit. Funding is currently being raised to design, fabricate, and install this comprehensive new permanent Aurora exhibit. In addition, a new work space will be added to the Museum for museum staff to use in preparing annual temporary exhibits.The Museum produces popular temporary exhibits annually supported by the Museum Foundaiton and the local community. In addition, the Museum brings in national traveling exhibits with the support and sponsorship of the Aurora Museum Foundation and other local businesses & organizations. One such exhibit coming up this year is:
The Golden Highway: Views of Colfax Avenue
December 1 7 - March 30, 201 4
How do you picture Colfax Avenue - as a "den of avarice" or as a center of multiculturalism? Examine historic views of this famous avenue and discover how much Aurora's former main
street has changed. This exhibit will feature historical views of Colfax Avenue in Aurora called "The Golden Highway: Views of Colfax Avenue. "

Needs Statement

The top 5 needs of the Foundation are:

1. A larger, more economically and demographically diverse Foundation membership.
2. Capital funding of from $800 thousand to $1 million to modify the Museum to accomodate a restored trolley trailer and improve gallery and mechanical systems of the Museum to better serve the public.
3. Enhanced annual funding to support staff and programming of the Museum.
4. Paid support staff person.
5. Support technology (computers, printers, internet access, etc.)

Background Statement

The Aurora Museum Foundation was incorporated on November 27, 1989, as a private nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization by a group of supporters of the Aurora History Museum. Their first task was to assist the Museum to grow as it moved to it's present location.

The continued purpose of the Foundation is to provide broad-based funding and community support to ensure the continued viability of the Aurora History Museum. Some accomplishments include:
--Sponsored a jubilee ball to celebrate Aurora's Centennial in 1991
--Solicited recipes and remembrances for the Aurora Centennial Cookbook
--Sponsored "Homestead City," a living history representation of a typical pioneer Front Range town depicting life one hundred years ago
--Operate a Museum Store, profits of which benefit the museum
--Sponsor bi-annual Antique Appraisal Fairs
--Support city events such as 4th of July
--Participate in the Colorado Punkin Chunkin event
--Assist in the restoration and storage of the Trolley Trailer No. 610
--Sponsor special presentations, exhibits, and programs at the Museum

Board Chair/President Statement

The Foundation has enjoyed many successes through its support of Museum programs. The Foundation faces daunting challenges in the immediate future due to the recent economic downturn nationally and locally and the consequent decline in financial support of the Museum by the City. The
Foundation now is assessing various options for fund-raising.

Impact Statement

Since its establishment, the Foundation membership has grown to over 100 with leadership provided by a very active 15-person Board of Directors. These members, and others from the community, have served as volunteers in numerous capacities for the Museum. The Foundation supplies a supplemental source of income to the Museum for exhibits and educational programs. In addition, the Foundation provides an opportunity, twice a year, to the Aurora community, to have old memorabilia, paintings, and other treasured family artifacts appraised at the Antiques Appraisal Fair; it supports, with its presence, the very popular annual Aurora PumpkinFest (now called "Punkin Chunkin Colorado") and the Fourth of July festivities on the great lawn of the Aurora Municipal Complex; and sponsors special presentations and program about Aurora and American history and culture at the Aurora History Museum.

Executive Director Statement

Aurora Museum Foundation does not have an executive director.

Aurora History Museum Receives Top Local Ranking--First place out of 35 nominees in the Best Museum rankings on Denver 7's A-list for 2010. Outranked Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum and Museum of Nature and Science.
"This small museum offers fresh, well-researched and intriguing exhibits on the topics not explored at other venues in the metro area."

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