President Vicki Wright opened the March 17 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) by welcoming those attending and asking that regular reports be read. After they were accepted, Charlene Teague reported the following donations: Mick Hayden donated a box of family history which has not been sorted and logged in yet; Doris Lierheimer donated a Van-Far Indians jacket belonging to her daughter Lorri Stotler Fitts; Marlene Fischer donated two leather and one wooden postcards, two of which were addressed to Mr. E.B. Johnson and one was dated 1907; and Virginia Howdeshell donated a program for the Vandalia Class of 1943 Class Reunion held at the Vandalia Hotel. Included in this donation were three articles about growing older, which struck a chord with some of us. Paul Ray donated a barber chair. All of these donations add so much to our museum and are greatly appreciated.
The Art Exhibit, featuring local artists, which we are planning to hold at the museum, will run from April 15-June 17. On opening day, an Open House will be held. At 2 p.m., guest speaker Ms. Mare Prosso, will tell of the experiences of her and her daughter escaping from Germany to Estonia during World War II. Refreshments will be served.
The museum will be open at 12:30 p.m. so come and enjoy the exhibit.
There will be no meeting in April. After setting the next meeting to be May 19, the meeting adjourned at 10 a.m.