President Paul Ray opened the March 18 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) by asking for discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague reported the donation of a brass plate from a grave marker, bearing the name W.P. Milnor and the dates 1860-1933, from Ray Oden. If anyone has information regarding this family name, please call Charlene at 594-3026. Julia Cummins donated three books authored by Idele Hillebrand.
Eddie and Pat Trower donated a dress form and Pastor Richard Smith gave us a copy of his book, “The Invisible Chain.” All of these items are very much appreciated.
Charlene also reported that she, Donna DeTienne, and Virginia Howdeshell attended the Black History Month Program at the Faith Tabernacle Church and she asked for family, church, and school history so that we might have a display for next year’s celebration.
Since we had our first Card Party Fundraiser in 2014, we have been encouraged to have a second annual one. This year we have decided to celebrate Charlene’s 90th birthday in August with the second card party in 2017 on Saturday night, August 12. More details will be announced shortly.
The next item on the agenda was the election of officers. Vicki Wright is the new president and Paul Ray is Vice-President. Other officers remain in place for the present.
The museum will re-open on April 15 but will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16.
Open hours will continue to be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and noon-3 p.m. on Sunday.
After setting the next meeting date for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Genealogy Library, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome at our meetings.