Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

Main Street Aurora page title card - Who We Are.

Get In Touch

231 Main St., Suite 210
Aurora, IN 47001
812-926-1100 - mainstreet@aurora.in.us

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2018 National Accreditation

Main Street Aurora has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

Main Street Aurora envisions downtown Aurora will be a thriving business, residential and arts community offering a unique experience that seamlessly blends the natural beauty of its landscape, preservation of its historic heritage and multitude of retail, entertainment and service establishments. Main Street Aurora is working to make a Difference! Your financial support through membership, sponsorship, or the purchase of items offered for sale by Main street Aurora is greatly appreciated and supports special events, public relations efforts and the revitalization of Historic Downtown Aurora. Find all upcoming events at aurora.in.us.

Since 1998, Main Street Aurora has been working hard to make a difference in Historic Downtown Aurora. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works closely with the City of Aurora. Our mission to revitalize the downtown keeps us striving to find new ways to build interest in the city. Main Street Aurora is a Certified Main Street program both nationally and through Indiana Main Street. We are volunteer guided and driven.

Mission

The Mission of Main Street Aurora is to revitalize the historic downtown physically, commercially, and as a community gathering place.

Vision

Downtown Aurora will be a thriving business, residential and arts community offering a unique experience that seamlessly blends the natural beauty of its landscape, preservation of its historic heritage and a multitude of retail, entertainment and service establishments.

Board of Directors

Judy S. Hizer, President

Debbie Fehling, Vice President

James G. Waldon, Past President

Terri Schmeltzer, Secretary

Samantha J. Peddenpohl, Treasurer

Kerrie Ohlmansiek, Member

Wayne Schroeder, Member

Tabatha Turner, Member

Lani Valas, Member

Shane Wagner, Member

Nancy Turner, Executive Director

Donations

Main Street Aurora stretches every dollar in its budget to fund the various projects and events that we organize and manage each year. As a non-profit organization, however, it is inevitable that we will come to rely on the generosity of local businesses and individuals to cover any shortfalls. Because of the donations you provide we are able to continue to serve the City of Aurora, and we are so very grateful to everyone who gives!

Membership

By purchasing a Main Street Aurora Membership you are directly supporting the year-round special events, public relations efforts, and the continued revitalization of the Historic Downtown Aurora area. Additionally, your membership entitles you to discounts on Main Street Aurora merchandise and events, and all memberships are considered charitable donations that are fully tax deductible.

Membership Options

Lifetime

  • Aurora Lions Club

Reciprocol

  • City of Spires Historical Foundation & Museum
  • Hillforest Historical House Museum

Benefactor

  • *Martin & Maribeth Rahe
  • Sons of the American Legion
  • Stedman Machine Company

Gold

  • *Landmark Legacy Leasing LLC

Silver

  • *Aurora Emergency Rescue
  • Aurora Utilities
  • John & Marianne Borgman

Patron

  • Ken & Sharon Cleeter
  • Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dearborn County Tourism/Debbie Smith
  • *David & Kathryn Dobbs
  • Dr. Frank Frable
  • *Charles Gillman/Gillman Home Center
  • David & Judy Hizer
  • Alan Miller Family
  • Judy Mosier
  • Mark & Janice Neff
  • Janet & Carl Petty
  • *Nancy & Ken Ray
  • James & Delores Rector/Rector Properties
  • Roger & Patty Rullman
  • UCB Charitable Foundation/E.G. McLaughlin

Business

  • *Aurora High School Museum
  • Aurora Public Library District
  • *Beacon News
  • Beinkemper Creative Services, Inc.
  • Combs Pizza
  • *Edward Jones Investments
  • *First Financial Bank
  • Great Crescent Brewery
  • Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc.
  • Leasure CPA & Associates
  • Lischkge Motors
  • McCabe's Greenhouse & Floral
  • McDonalds Southeastern IN
  • Personally Yours Gift & Floral Shop
  • *Riverside Tile & Marble
  • Southeastern Indiana Art Guild
  • *VFW Post 5312

Family

  • Jada & Greg Ankenbauer
  • *Frank & Janet Burton
  • *David Chalk
  • *Josh Daugherty Family
  • *Mark & Margaret Drury
  • Erin & Kris Fairfield
  • Debbie & Roger Fehling
  • Gary & Lisa Giblin
  • Larry & Janet Giffin
  • Mel & Carol Green
  • *Jerry & Dee Hacker
  • Lois Harper/Dearborn County Historical Society
  • *Lora & Kobi James Family
  • Robert Lischkge/Lischkge Motors
  • George & Gwen Miller
  • Marilyn & Dale Moeller
  • Donald & Louann Olson
  • Kathi & Jack Prarat
  • Richard & Sharon Probst
  • Howard & Faye Ross
  • Cynthia Rottinghaus
  • Larry & Loraine Rumsey
  • Terri & Mark Schmeltzer
  • Wayne & Vicki Schroeder
  • Elise & Chris Smith
  • Jack & Beth Sutton
  • Nancy Tibbetts
  • Nancy & Ben Turner
  • Randolph Turner
  • Bill & Judi Yelton

Individual

  • Merlee Adkins
  • Jenny Awad
  • Catherine Backman
  • *Deb Baron
  • *John Blasdel
  • Pam Brandes
  • Sheila Clark
  • Kathy Donselman
  • Phee Ellinghausen
  • Guinevere Emery
  • Bob Ernsting
  • *Jane Farrar Goodman
  • *A.J. Hastings
  • Charlotte Hastings
  • Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr.
  • *John & Shelly Hubbartt
  • Frances & Kenny Jackson
  • Annie Meyer Kaplan
  • Opal LaFollette
  • Roy & Neysa Lambert
  • *Randy & Liz Lee
  • Carol & Tom Lovins
  • *Joy Lyon
  • Evelyn & Bill Meyer
  • Shirley Meyer
  • Patrick Mulvaney
  • Samantha Peddenpohl
  • *Mike Peters
  • *Claudia O’Flynn Phelps
  • Vesta Philbrick
  • John Rahe, DDS
  • *Linda Rectin
  • Sharon Rosenburgh
  • Beverly Strasemeier
  • Mary Ann Teaney
  • Benjamin & Tabatha Turner
  • Joseph Turner
  • Ester Uhlmansiek
  • Nick & Judy Ullrich
  • Richard & Suzanne Ullrich, Sr.
  • Shane Wagner
  • James Waldon
  • Marjorie Waldon
  • Deborah Walston
  • *Julie Whitaker
  • Velma "Jean“ Witte
  • *Mary Worthington
  • * Became members in 2018