President Vicki Wright opened the September 16 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) by asking for new discoveries and donations.
Charlene Teague reported the following: Doris Nation donated a program for the 50th Anniversary of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947, a copy of the May 29, 1947 “Vandalia Press” and a picture of the 65th reunion of the class.
Vickie Wright brought in two condensed statements of the Vandalia Banking Association, dated December 7, 1920 and December 31, 1921, donated by the Montgomery County Historical Society.
Linda Hicks donated an Edison Gramaphone originally owned by her husband’s parents.
Mary Williams donated a small sewing basket, containing some spools of Ely-Walker thread, owned by the late Mildred Tate.
Teresa Wenzel donated nine books of the history of nine Missouri counties.
Carol Kohl donated a 1977 Heim Equipment and Supply calendar and an undated poster for the Vandalia Fair. Chris Bagley donated an undated Star Theater bill.
Judy Claussen donated two chairs, several spools of thread from the garment factory, and a singletree hook from harness used in the construction of the Post Office, found on November 12, 1903.
Carol Kohl also donated a 1982 Salmon and Sons calendar. We thank everyone for these donations and special thanks to Guy Marshall for helping us with our printer problem.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the discussion turned to Prairie Days. The Historical Society will again sponsor the Corn Husking Contest and take part in the parade. We have several new and very interesting displays, both in the windows and inside. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. After setting the next meeting date for October 21 at 9 a.m., the meeting adjourned.
Come and enjoy Prairie Days!