The July 19 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society was held in the front area of the Hudson Building part of the Museum which will become our Genealogy area. President Paul Ray called the meeting to order by asking for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague read a partial list as there have been so many items received during the expansion that a complete list has not been compiled. Several items related to earlier businesses and a picture of the 1952-53 Vandalia Indians Baseball team were donated by Sandy Hassien. Deedie Reading donated a 3-wheeled wheel chair dating back to 1937 owned by the Reading family and a 1906 Vandalia High School Commencement program belonging to Virginia Lee Ball, valedictorian. June Yokum donated a lovely lady mannequin. Mary Orr cleaned and styled her wig for us. Shirley Morris brought in a Singer Sewing machine from the 1930’s and an early Hand-Vac donated by Earl Jackson. Ronnie Tate donated 2 violins and one case belonging to his grandfather, Warren Maiden. Mr. Maiden made one of these violins and the other was Japanese. Charles and Marjorie Caldwell Bottermuller donated a large box of carpentry tools belonging to her grandfather, Stanley Caldwell, a long-time Vandalia resident. A more complete list of donations and a list of items loaned to the Museum during this expansion project are being compiled.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the conversation turned to the Cornerstone Project and the reopening of the Museum. Paul thanked everyone involved in this ambitious undertaking. It’s success was confirmed by the comments by visitors as reported by members of the group. A timetable for the completion of the Carter Building, beginning in the early fall, was explained. Most of the necessary materials are on hand but volunteers will be needed. A brief discussion about establishing a Memorial Fund was discussed and ideas regarding this will be appreciated. Also discussed briefly was some kind of fundraiser to be held in late summer or early fall.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Museum and see our new displays, including a very large Agriculture section which includes a farm wife area. Information regarding sources of these items, as well as the ceilings, floors, etc. will soon be posted in each room. After setting the next meeting date for August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, the group adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.