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Waubonsee to Spotlight Aurora’s History on March 29

As part of the yearlong celebration of Aurora’s 175th anniversary, Waubonsee Community College is hosting an evening of Aurora history on Thursday, March 29 at its downtown Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St. The night will feature two free events — one focusing on the history of the college and one focusing on the history of the city’s Pigeon Hill neighborhood.

At a 6 p.m. reception, the college will unveil its new photo exhibit, “Waubonsee in Aurora: A Shared History,” which highlights Waubonsee’s presence in the city since the college’s founding in 1966.

At 7 p.m., author P.L. Reid will present “The Immigrant Experience in Turn-of-the-Century Aurora.” In this presentation, Reid combines her research and personal family history with mixed media to tell the story of the early Hungarian and Romanian immigrant experience in Aurora’s Pigeon Hill neighborhood.

In October 2010, Reid published “The Weaver’s Loom,” a historical novel detailing the Romanian and Jewish cultures and how they are bound together by the great human tragedy of the Holocaust. Reid will be available to sign books after her presentation.

Both events are free, but reservations are requested for Reid’s presentation. Call Community Education at (630) 466-2360.