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  • Vandalia Memories

    Dorothy Donley posted on Vandalia Memories photos that Burtschi Brothers published of the unveiling of Vandalia's Madonna of the Trail statue and the East Meets the West pageant in 1928.

    This is a photo of the Gallatin Stree parade held as part of the festivities, with Boy Scouts leading as the parade approaches Sixth Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Harlan Newbold was named the new superintendent of the Brownstown School District, effective July 1. Newbold had served as Ramsey High School principal for four years.
    Fifty years of band music in the Vandalia school system was to be celebrated at a special concert in the high school gymnasium. Carl Dollinger of Waukesha, Wis., who helped organize the band program in the Vandalia schools in 1940, was to direct the high school band as it played “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The two kids in this photo, which was taken in the early 1940s, are cousins; their mothers were sisters. Both live in the Shobonier area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council voted to designate four parking spaces downtown for special uses – two for 15-minute parking in front of First Bank and First National Bank and two for disabled/handicapped parking.
    Ramsey Lions Club members were planning their annual community sale.
    The Rev. Edward Lucas of First Pentecostal Church was honored by his congregation for 25 years as a minister.

    30 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories

    Fred Cohoon posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page this photo of the students at Woodyard School taken in September 1932.

  • The Lincolns are returning to town

    In a little more than a week, Vandalia will be host to the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Presenters annual convention. Vandalia’s own “Abe,” Lewis Clymer is this year’s host being joined by his daughter, Joy, in welcoming the Lincoln Presenters. In fact, the entire town is getting in on the action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These siblings grew up in Vandalia and Brownstown. The sister works in Vandalia, and both of the brothers are employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, administrator of Vandalia Memories, posted this 1955 photo from The Vandalia Leader and Union of the Tri City Grocery when the store opened.

    The building was later a Save-A-Lot store, and it now is part of the First National Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Vandalia and the Underground RR

    As many who read this column know, some of my free time is spent as a volunteer at the old state capitol in Vandalia. Last week, the site superintendent, Steve Riddle, told me of a “Network to Freedom” project he had recently heard of that is underwritten by the National Park Service.

  • Vandalia Memories

    After a post on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page started a discussion about Henry's, which was located at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue, members were asking for a photo of the restaurant. Kathy Schultz, one of the page administrators, found this found in a 1976 issue of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.