Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.
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