Aurora Historical Society Extends Pratt Anniversary Exhibit as Wisconsin Mourns Its Own Mass Shooting

Aurora Historical Society Extends Pratt Anniversary Exhibit as Wisconsin Mourns Its Own Mass Shooting

Cross maker Greg Zanis visits during the Feb. 15 memorial service in the exhibit.

As the city of Milwaukee mourns one of the worst mass shootings in Wisconsin history at the city’s Molson Coors campus Wednesday, the Aurora Historical Society is extending the exhibit commemorating a similar loss of life that took place a year ago in City of Lights.

The exhibit commemorating the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company is being extended until March 14, according to the Historical Society Executive Director John Jaros.

Cards which the public may use to address families and first responders.

“There has been considerable interest in the exhibit,” Jaros said. “We hope to make sure everyone who wants to pay their respects at the crosses and view the memorabilia and the thank-you posters sent to the police and fire departments will have a chance to do so.”

The display was originally set to close Feb. 29.

The exhibit’s extension was announced prior to the news of the Milwaukee mass shooting, but the similarities of the events are many. Both involved a disgruntled employee who brought guns into the workplace and opened fire on employees.

Five people were killed in the Milwaukee rampage. Five were killed in the Pratt shooting spree.

Within the exhibit, the city of Aurora has provided note cards and envelopes which the public may use to share their thoughts with the families and the first responders.

Cards will be collected when the exhibit closes and distributed to those named.

The exhibit is at the Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Place, 60505. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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