This week the Aurora Historical Society will celebrate one of the first steps toward a statue of native son and former U.S. president, Millard Fillmore. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday refreshments will be served and preliminary plans displayed at the Millard Fillmore House Museum, 24 Shearer Avenue.
Visitors will have a chance to walk through the house and look at drawings for a statue of Fillmore and a proposed replica of the building that held Fillmore’s law office on Main Street until it burned down in 1904.
“We’re trying to get the dimensions exact using old photos,” said Robert Lowell Goller, Historical Society director.
A capital campaign, for a yet-to-be-determined amount, is expected to be launched next year, said Goller. “Our goal this year is to get the plans ready.”
To help with the project, the Village of East Aurora sold the society a 35-foot wide strip of land next to the house and Main Street for $1. This is enough room for the sculpture. The law office replica would be built on land near the house, a “honeymoon cottage,” where Fillmore lived as a young man after he married.
“We are the only site that we know of that’s dedicated to President Millard Fillmore,” said Goller. “This will give us a presence on Main Street.”
Also this week:
• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.
• The Aurora Town Board meets for a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue. Make sure each item ends with a paragraph mark like this one does.
• The Aurora Zoning Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue.