Welcome to the Vandalia
Community Preservation Association!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Vandalia Community
Inc., was organized in 1995 by a small all-volunteer group of concerned community
members, who recognized the important historic significance of the former
Vandalia United Methodist Church building and undertook its purchase,
preservation, and restoration. Built in 1895, the then 100-year-old building was
acquired by the VCPA from the Methodist Conference after attendance dwindled and
the few remaining active members had voted to discontinue services and close the
church. The dedicated small community group proceeded to restore the bell tower,
replace the front steps, and repaint the entire building, and in 1996 earned the
Owen County Preservation of the Year Award for the historic Vandalia Chapel.
Today the VCPA continues to exist for the
purpose of maintaining and preserving the Chapel and historic one-room
Vandalia School House, which is located nearby and was supported for a number of
years through fundraising activities of the former Vandalia Methodist
Women/Vandalia Women's Circle. The latter building was erected in 1855 and
functioned as a school until 1951. Without continued membership participation,
financial donations, and support for restoration, preservation, and upkeep,
these two important 19th-century Owen County, Indiana, landmarks would quietly
fall into disrepair and cease to exist for the enjoyment and education of future
Please read "About
Us" for some additional history of the buildings, community, and VCPA
If you, too, recognize
their importance and want to help us continue to preserve these historic
landmarks or simply learn more about them and the VCPA, please contact
an officer and come to our next volunteer work day, fundraising
THIS DATE! - Sunday, October 25, 2015
For a Fun, Fun,
All proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving the historic
Vandalia, Indiana School House and Chapel.
Supper and Gospel Concert Featuring Lloyd Wood!
Enthusiastic All Volunteer
Lloyd Wood in the Vandalia
Homemade Chili or Winter Vegetable
Beverage (at the School House)
P.J. Cummings, a VCPA
volunteer, welcomes donors and donations.
- Soup Supper starting at 4:00 P.M., Vandalia
- Lloyd Wood and a
few Wood Pickers will
provide a lively gospel concert at the
Vandalia Chapel (beginning around 5:00 P.M.).
And Even More
Fun In Store!
- Silent Auction:
between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October
23, when many fabulous, generously donated, items will be displayed
together with bid sheets at the
Owen County Heritage & Culture Center (located in the old Carnegie Library
Building, 110 E. Market St., Spencer, IN). Bidding will continue and Winners will be announced
on the evening of October 25.
preliminary list of auction items is here. Continue to watch this website and the Spencer
Evening World for photos and detailed descriptions. Coming soon!
Commemorating the Vandalia Community Preservation Association's 20 years of incorporation
(1995-2015) for sale @ $12 each (an attractive charcoal gray 100% cotton
shirt; see front image here)
Please invite and share this event with
your Facebook friends here:
Your involvement and continued support of
historic preservation in Vandalia, Indiana is much appreciated. We hope to
see you all on October 25 for an enjoyable evening of socializing, food, and
In the meantime, if you have questions
about this organization or the upcoming event, please feel free to
contact a VCPA Board member.
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Community Preservation Association, Inc.
website is a gift, wholly provided and maintained by a VCPA member.
|Last Update: October 8, 2015