Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 13: Aurora Historical Society exhibit downtown Aurora

Luxembourg - USA: A Migration Story (and free Oberweis ice cream!)

Join us for a special exhibit opening!

Friday, May 13th, 2011
5:00-8:00 pm
20 E. Downer Place

Did you know that between 1850 and 1900, Aurora was one of the primary destinations of Luxembourgers coming to America? You'd be surprised how many local names have Luxembourger ancestry...Jungels, Hastert, Poss, Oberweis, Lies, and Petit are just a few examples.

The exhibit was funded and created by the government of Luxembourg, and was first shown at Ellis Island in 2007. This will be the first Illinois showing. The exhibit comes to us courtesy of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society.

Reulands will be catering the opening. Oberweis Dairy is providing free ice cream. Former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert will be in attendance; as will Ethan Hastert, Honorary Consul for the Luxembourg Consulate at Chicago; and Kevin Wester, Executive Director of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society.

If you are unable to come to the opening, the exhibit will run from May 13 through July 31, 2011. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center is open Wednesday-Friday, 12 - 4 pm. For more information, call (630) 906-0650.

1 comment:

  1. You can add Theisen to the list of Auroran Luxembourgians!

    Chris Theisen Beebe