Vandalia area residents driving by the recently renovated Vandalia Area Historical Society Museum this week might have noticed new cornices located outside of the buildings on the front of 108 and 110 S. Main.
The cornices were installed on Sunday as part of the Cornerstone Project.
The cornices were procured from various buildings being razed in the St. Louis area, including one from Soulard Market.
A flat metal below the cornices was also installed. The metal is from Vandalia’s second train depot and donated by Randy and Lola McDonald.
On Wednesday, the VAHS expects to install canvas awnings in preparation for the re-opening of the museum on June 22 and June 23.
The newly renovated and expanded Museum and Genealogy Research Library will be open from 12:30-6 p.m. on Saturday. That event will feature wine tasting and finger foods throughout the afternoon.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is expected at 12:30 p.m. A variety of former Vandalia leaders/characters will be offering tours. On Sunday, June 23, the museum will be open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Paul Ray, of the Vandalia Area Historical Society, said the grand opening will feature two completed buildings and a third that is nearing completion.