President Paul Ray opened the June 18 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) by asking for new donations and discoveries. Charlene Teague reported a donation from Dolores Deppe of two ledger books of the Cuivre Switchboard which were in the home of U.G. Maakey from 1903-1930, along with many notes and letters, including one from the Treasury Department about buying Liberty Bonds in 1918 and a booklet of information about the bonds. These items are much appreciated. Charlene reported that she had received a phone call from a lady in Virginia regarding the history of the Burgess family who had lived in the area at one time. More about this search later.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the discussion turned to our successful barbeque fundraiser held on June 11. We want to thank Charlie Stroker for the use of his lot, to the Fair Board for the use of their food stand, to Clay Hyde and his helper for the tasty meat, and to all who helped make this evening such a success.
We are in the process of moving into the rear of the Carter Building. Carpeting has been laid (Thank you, Larry Nation), wall cabinets, file cabinets, work and office spaces are finished. Stop in and we will be glad to show you around.
Participation in the Fair and Prairie Days was discussed and details about a few ideas put forth will be pursued.
After setting the next meeting date for 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Library on July 16, the meeting adjourned at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.