Step into the Victorian-age Tanner House mansion this Halloween to encounter, not bedsheet ghosts and silicone monsters, but Aurorans of the Civil War era struggling with losses, sorrows and the bitter realization that, thanks to the storms of war, their lives have changed forever.
“Death Comes to the Tanner House: Sorrows of the Civil War” will be presented on Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2018, with performances each evening at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $15 per person, $12 for Aurora Historical Society members.
Reservations should be made online at www.aurorahistory.net or by calling 630-906-0650 (leave a message if necessary). Attendees should be 13 years of age or older.
The 2018 program is the seventh Death Comes to the Tanner House offering. Previous performances have presented various subjects, including the death of William Tanner in 1892, Victorian-era substance addictions and ill-advised Halloween revels set in 1923.
The Tanner House was built in 1857 for prominent Aurora merchant William Tanner, his wife, Anna, and their nine children, and donated to the Aurora Historical Society by two daughters in 1936. During the year it is shown as an upper-middle-class home in the era 1875-1900.