“Take a Seat” exhibit explores the history of chairs

Aug 31, 2022 | Articles & Exhibits, Featured, Press Release

Chairs of all styles and eras will be featured in the fall exhibit of the Aurora Historical Society starting September 2.

Mary Clark Ormond, president of the Aurora Historical Society, looks at the storage space for smoking materials hidden in the armrest of a gentleman’s Victorian-era smoking chair, which is ornamented with carvings of smoking dogs. The late-Victorian portrait of Alice Faubel on the wall shows another type of chair.

Drawn from the collections of the society, the chairs, sofas and miscellaneous seating will be on display until November 19 at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505.  Hours are Wed-Fri Noon-4pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 

From pioneer rocking chairs to show-stopping art chairs, the artifacts illustrate the material culture of Aurora over the last two centuries.  “We have many more artifacts than we can ever display, and some of them are quite beautiful” according to John Jaros, Executive Director of the society.  “This is a welcome opportunity for us to show visitors some really good things they never normally see.”

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