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The organization that operates the Fayette County Museum is celebrating the county’s bicentennial this year, and it’s asking county residents to participate in the celebration.
To commemorate the museum’s 200th birthday, Historical Vandalia Inc. is planning to have events and displays this year.
The history of the county is as follows:
• Illinois became a state on Dec. 3, 1818.
• At that time, what is now Fayette County was included in Crawford and Bond counties.
• In 1819, county boundaries were changed, and Fayette County became part of Crawford, Clark and Bond counties.
• Fayette County as it is today came into existence on Feb. 14, 1821.
It was named in honor of the Marquis de LaFayette, French hero of the American Revolutionary War.
The property on which the museum, which was formerly the First Presbyterian Church, sits has historical significance.
On Feb. 25, 1833, the governor of Illinois conveyed that property to the city of Vandalia, for the construction of a house of divine worship, for all denominations.
Today, the museum offers a look into the history’s past through numerous displays, with some rotated in order to show all of the history it has in its exhibits.
As part of the bicentennial celebration, Historical Vandalia is researching settlements, schools, churches, businesses, etc., that no longer exist, as well as some that still do.
There is no admission fee for the museum, and group tours are available by calling 283-4866. Donations are accepted.
Anyone having a story, photograph or item that they would like to share with the museum can call 704-8578 or 780-3641, or email [email protected]