President Vicki Wright opened the June 17 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) by welcoming everyone and asking for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague reported a very interesting list of new items.
The Vandalia Police Department gave us 16 Van-Far yearbooks and many items used in their work, which will soon be on display in one of our front windows.
A Ceremonial Masonic Sword and Asabbard, both bearing the name of Charles G. Daniel, Vandalia, Mo., was sent to us by Lewis Anderson, of Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Anderson is a descendant of Aaron McPike and one of his ancestors was a Daniel. He will send more family information.
Steve Johnson donated an autobiography and biography of the life of Verzona Chinn Johnson.
Roger and Joan Jones, of Curryville, donated three old pictures of threshing crews, one of a threshing machine accident, and a picture of R-I Chapter FFA. None of those pictured are identified and no dates were given.
Mick Hayden donated a copy of Arthur Capper’s “Wonder Atlas and War Review.”
Vickie Talbert James donated a copy of our Household Guides compiled by the Mt. Olivet Church in 1951.
Gary and Helen Sosniecki donated a pair of Don Glasford suspenders, which Gary had bought at a local auction, and an autographed jersey worn by Quarterback McMullen of the Northeast Cyclones. The Cyclones were a minor league/semi-pro football team that was based in Vandalia for two seasons (2002-2006) playing home games at Van-Far.
Virginia Howdeshell brought a Van-Far Indians baseball uniform worn by Bruce Barnes. The team was sponsored by NARCO. This item was donated by Shelly Yager. Terry Witte donated two copies of a photograph by Matthew Hemminghaus, of Vandalia, which was awarded the 2015 Missouri Arts Award which were presented by the Missouri Council.
These items are greatly appreciated and add so much to our museum.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the discussion turned to the Charlene Teague Birthday/Card Party event to be held August 19 at the Museum at the corner of State and Main. The birthday reception will be from 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public. A barbecue supper will be served from 6-7 p.m. Cards will be played from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets for supper and cards will be $25 each. July 31 is the deadline to pick up and pay for tickets which can be purchased at the museum on weekends or by calling Vicki Wright at 594-3657 or Charlene Teague at 594-3026.
Saturday hours at the Museum are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-3 p.m.
After setting the date for the next meeting for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, the meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.
Everyone is always welcome at our meetings.