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VAHS set for Prairie Days

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

President Paul Ray called the September 19 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society to order by asking for new donations and discoveries.
Charlene Teague read a long list of items from the Vandalia Drug Store donated by Joe Salois. Included were a number of items related to our Centennial, several pictures taken at the coffee counter, a program for the 7th annual Native American Pow Wow presented by the Thunderbird Society August 1-3, 1997, the February 16, 1997 edition of “The St. Louis Post Dispatch” Everyday Section featuring Ray Berry’s and Shirley Traynor’s Wild Animal Farm at Curryville, a picture of the Vandalia High School Basketball team of 1940, four framed pictures of old Vandalia and a picture of Curry Biggs Ellis (Toot) standing in front of his and his mother’s home on Main Street. Also, in this donation were the framed pharmacist licenses issued to Walter Hays Ellis on September 20, 1904 and C.B. Ellis on August 21, 1937. On loan from the collection of J. Paul Salois is the forerunner of the hearing aid. and an audio phone from the early 1920’s. Shirley Morris brought in a Vandalia State Bank coin bank. Some items received from Bobbi Sutton and a donation from LaVonne Jones have not yet been logged in. We greatly appreciate all of these items.
After regular reports were read and accepted, plans for “Prairie Days” were completed. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Corn Husking Contest will be held at noon with a sign-up at the desk from 10 a.m.-noon.
Photos will be taken from 1-4 p.m. at the Genealogy Library. Some vintage clothing will be available for use in the photos. Two 5”x7” photos will cost $5 and may be picked up approximately one after the photos are taken.
Vicki Wright’s famous cookies will be for sale at the Genealogy Library.
Thanks were expressed for our new “Open” sign to Mick Hayden who built it and to Andrea Hyde who painted it. Also, thanks to Andrea and Rowena for the front windows of the Museum and to the DAR for the window in the Genealogy Library.
New “must see” displays include pictures of local WWII veterans, baby pictures taken before 1975, Boys Scouts, and the Brick Plant. The five large framed pictures which hung in the Vandalia State Bank for many years and given to us by the First State Community Bank are again hanging on Main Street.
Shirley Morris brought in items buried in the cornerstone of the First Baptist Church in 1901. Included is an article confirming that our city was named after Vandalia, Illinois. Aaron McPike had traveled through the Illinois town and the town and it’s name had “tickled his fancy.”
This display is on loan and will be at the museum throughout Prairie Days and is certainly worth a few minutes of your time.
After setting the next meeting date for 9 a.m. on October 16 at the Genealogy Library, the meeting adjourned at 10 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts.
Everyone is welcome at our meetings.