Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Building and Museum

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Aurora's GAR memorial was established in 1878 by local Civil War veterans and ladies' auxiliaries. For architecture buffs, it's a proud bit of neo-Gothic architecture; for Civil War buffs, it exhibits uniforms, weapons, medals and other memorabilia. The GAR also organizes an annual Grand Military Ball and other events and has helped stage Civil War encampments for people who conduct, or only witness, reenactments of battles of the War Between the States.