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History Museum Opens "Without a Home" Exhibit

History Museum Opens "Without a Home" Exhibit
Posted on 12/13/2021
Black-and-white image of Colfax Avenue in Aurora at night

Housing insecurity is a key issue facing Aurora, and to build a wider understanding of people who are often overlooked, misunderstood or unheard, staff at the Aurora History Museum engaged in an oral history project on the streets of the city. The stories collected are being presented in the museum’s newest exhibit, “Without a Home in Aurora.”

The personal challenges, trials and resilience of these Aurorans are a part of the everchanging fabric of Aurora’s narrative. The people profiled in this exhibition shared intimate details of their lives with the Aurora History Museum. They described how housing insecurity affects them personally and reflected on the broader issue of homelessness.

The goal of the exhibit is to shed light on a very complex and complicated social demographic.

“I really hope this exhibit brings a humane insight into the lives of some of our most vulnerable Aurorans. I hope through their interviews, our guests can see people for people and bring more awareness to a very complicated issue in our city,” Museum Director T. Scott Williams said. “Further, my desire is to connect people with the resources available, as there are a lot of city programs and organizations trying to assist our housing insecure.”

The conversations and connections made in the testimonials are central to the exhibit. Patrons will be able to meet over 20 Aurorans experiencing housing insecurity. Accompanying these testimonials are portraits and photography reflecting the nature of life on Aurora’s streets. Much of the photography is being provided by local street photographer Amy Forestieri.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Aurora History Museum is always free. For more information, call 303.739.6660 or visit AuroraMuseum.org.

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