News from the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler

Staff report

VANDALIA – The follwing events were submitted by the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler. For more information, contact Joe Dranschak at 898-6689 or email

Public invited to Historical Society annual picnic

The public is invited to join the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler members and guests for our annual picnic on Monday, July 18th at 6 p.m. at the Society Meeting House/Shelter. Please bring your own table service (paper plate, fork, spoon, etc.) and a dish to share. The Society will provide the drinks. We have a variety of tables and chairs at the Society but the chairs may not be as comfortable as your own. So, if you want to bring your own picnic chair please do. We also plan on having a short dedication ceremony for the new storage building, after we eat. For more information call Jean Harman at 937-280-4239.

Cast-Iron skillet demonstration July 17

If you’ve had your cast iron skillet for a while, chances are it needs to be re-seasoned, meaning it needs to be re-coated to create a stick-resistant surface and guard against rust. Pastor Michael Malcosky, Vandalia United Methodist Church, will present a cast-iron skillet demonstration, during our regular Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler Open House, on Sunday, July 17th at the Society grounds, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia. The Open House will take place at our normal hours of 1-3PM and Pastor Mike will share information about seasoning a cast-iron skillet at 2PM and he may even have some chili and corn bread to share with the visitors. If you have questions please call Phil Walters at 937-898-3218.

Butler Township Bicentennial Committee forming

The Montgomery County Commissioners, at their session held Tuesday, October 7, 1817, ordered that those parts of Wayne and Randolph Townships which lie between the Miami and Stillwater Rivers be erected into a new township called Butler. The Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler is interested in being part of a Butler Township Bicentennial Committee. We are looking for a Township resident to assume the volunteer role of Committee Chair. Once we have a committee chair, the committee will recruit committee members and begin discussion of an appropriate 200-year celebration in 2017 for the township. If you are interested in being our committee chair or being a member of the committee please contact Historical Society President, Joe Dranschak, at 937-898-6689 or email

Staff report

Reach Historical Society President, Joe Dranschak, at 937-898-6689 or email

Reach Historical Society President, Joe Dranschak, at 937-898-6689 or email


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