Vandalia Community Preservation Association, VCPA


Welcome to the Vandalia Community Preservation Association!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Vandalia Community Preservation Association, 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 generations.

Please read "About Us" for some additional history of the buildings, community, and VCPA organization.

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 event, or annual meeting!

SAVE THIS DATE! - Sunday, October 25, 2015 

For a Fun, Fun, "Fun"draising Event!

All proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving the historic Vandalia, Indiana School House and Chapel. 

Soup Supper and Gospel Concert Featuring Lloyd Wood!

VCPA 20th Anniversary Celebration

Great Entertainment! Good Food! Enthusiastic All Volunteer Group!


Lloyd Wood in the Vandalia Chapel Homemade Chili or Winter Vegetable Soup, Dessert, Beverage (at the School House) P.J. Cummings, a VCPA volunteer, welcomes donors and donations.

Food & Entertainment

  • Soup Supper starting at 4:00 P.M., Vandalia School House 
  • 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: Pre-event Bidding 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. 

A preliminary list of auction items is here. Continue to watch this website and the Spencer Evening World for photos and detailed descriptions. Coming soon!

  • T-shirts:  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

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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 entertainment!

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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Last Update: October 8, 2015