President Paul Rayl opened the March 22 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society at the Vandalia Hotel by asking for new discoveries and donations.
Martha Pease brought three pictures of Toby and Susie Show taken in 1970, a number of sales tickets dated 1947 from Wallace Hardware and one from Farmers’s Elevator and Supply.
Virginia Howdeshell brought a Centennial program from “Saga of the Prairie” performed in Vandalia in 1976. Donna DeTienne donated a money bag from the Exchange Bank in Vandalia and a prescription signed by W.L. Corn, M.D., and filled by J.B. McDearmon, prescription druggist, Vandalia, Mo.
Anyone having information about either of these gentlemen is asked to contact Charlene Teague.
The museum has received some old barn siding and a horse harnesses from Linda Sue Galloway, which will be used in our new agriculture section. Mike Menench donated some very nice lights from the Mottaz Building, which have been cleaned and hung in this section. Marty Nation has donated the use of a planer for use for the flooring in the Hudson Building so that it can be planed and reinstalled.
After regular reports were read and accepted, Paul and Mike reported on the progress of the Cornerstone Project. The completion date of March 31 has been extended to May 31 by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. As a result of this decision, the current schedule calls for finishing the inside by the end of April and devoting May to the outside. A tentative date for our Grand Opening is June 1 and 2. A committee was named to plan this event.
Paul thanked everyone for their help with this project and asked that anyone wishing to help call Pat Trower at 573-594-3999. Volunteers are still needed. With the next meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Hotel, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m..