For more than a year, several volunteers have been working on the renovation of the Vandalia Area Historical Society’s newly renovated and expanded Museum and Genealogy Research Library located on S. Main St.
This past week, workers have been installing new carpet, installed two beautiful cornices on the front of two buildings, and installed flat metal taken from Vandalia’s second train depot.
All of their last second hard work is being done in time for a grand re-opening being held from 12:30-6 p.m. on Saturday. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Tours will be held featuring Vandalia leaders/characters. Wine tasting and finger foods will be available throughout the afternoon.
An 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. opening will be held on Sunday.
On Monday, I briefly took a walk into the museum and I quickly noticed just how much work has been done on this project.
The best way I could describe the inside was everything looked really “sharp.”
At the time of my visit, volunteers were working tirelessly to get things ready for this weekend’s event.
I truly encourage all Vandalia area residents to come and check out what has been done with this ongoing Cornerstone Project during the re-opening this weekend.
This project is something our community should be extremely proud of.
Our history is being preserved in a first-class way and this project is something all area residents should appreciate for what has been done.
Those working on the project should be commended for their efforts. Not many towns our size can say they have something as nice as what we’ll finish with when the project is completed.
The detailed planning on this project was key to its success.
Again, be sure to visit the VAHS this weekend and be sure to tell the many volunteers “thank you” for their efforts in preserving our rich history.