Fossil Museum welcomes 22,000th visitor!

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AURORA – Cindy Crane, executive director of Aurora Fossil Museum, always sets ambitious goals for her beloved museum, but this one seemed way out of reach. However, holiday shopping traffic at the amazing Gift Shop generated a last minute rush, culminating with the Monday, Dec. 30 appearance of young Mr. Grayson, who is seen here with his grandparents – all framed by the massive jawbone of some ancient relic!

The photo, taken by hard-working staffer Tyler Cornelius, hints at the museum’s fascinating discoveries, including a free, and super-popular ‘fossil-digging’ pit directly across Main Street where almost everyone finds sharks’ teeth in a variety of sizes and species.


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“We look forward to beating this number next year,” said Crane, adding that the museum’s highest-ever attendance came in 2009 when the museum welcomed more than 24,000 people.

Crane is also planning a series called “Aurora History Day.”

“We are hoping to be able to record stories of Aurora, complete a Main Street Map of yesteryear’s scene, and scan documents/photos to preserve Aurora’s history,” explained Crane. “The goal is a community-developed history of Aurora and to eventually transform our Native American Room into an Aurora Cultural History Room. It’s a different concept that I’m excited to get started.”

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