President Paul Ray opened the February 15 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking for new discoveries and donations.
Carolyn McBride donated a Hershey Chocolate tin, a prisoner employee of the month pin, and a “I Love Vandalia” pin. Bill Maxwell donated a 1961 recording made by the Van-Far Chiefs, Warriors, and Starlighters bands.
Bill Hogue loaned the museum a leather post card sent by Mildred Johnson to Vandalia resident Mrs. Nellie McWhirt, postmarked at Carthage, Mo., on April 8, 1935.
A wall-display case purchased by the Historical Society contained a collection of at least 400 buttons, political, commemorative, and other types.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the discussion turned to the Cornerstone Project. Paul Ray and Mike Menech brought the group up to date on the status of remodeling.
The projected opening date of March 31 is fast approaching and volunteers are still needed.
There is a lot of painting to be done and anyone interested can call Pat Trower at 594-3999 for information.
For other types of work, Menech can be reached at 594-2706.
A Grand Re-opening will probably occur in early May. More details will be forthcoming as available.
After setting the next meeting date for March 22 at the Hotel, to which everyone is invited, the group took a tour of the project with Ray and Menech detailing the progress toward the end result and answering questions.