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Historical Society of Vandalia Butler: Preserving local 19th and 20th Century history for the edification of future generations

  • Chartered in 1977 and Tax Exempt under IRS Code section 501(c) (3)

  • Serving the City of Vandalia, Butler Township and the surrounding region.

  • Located on 8.5 acres near the center of Vandalia.

  • Maintains six major buildings open to the public and furnished to their era:
    *  1830's Log House, an 1840's Farm House, an 1860's one-room School House, an 1880's Barn, and a 1910 Spring House
    *  A 2001 Meeting House/Shelter House featuring historic photographs of Vandalia and Butler Township
    *  Four minor farm outbuildings are also maintained on the Society's site.

With an aging membership and the costs of preservation always increasing, in 2005 the Board of Trustees recognized there was a real danger that at some time in the future the Society's annual income might fall short of the funding required to properly maintain its land, buildings and collection.  The Board decided to establish a Restricted Endowment Fund in the expectation that, over time, income from this Endowment Fund would be sufficient to offset such shortfalls.


Historical Society of Vandalia Butler Endowment Fund:

  • The Endowment Fund is on deposit with the Vandalia Butler Foundation (The Dayton Foundation).

  • Income from the Endowment Fund is reserved exclusively for the preservation, maintenance and capital improvements to the Society's land, buildings and the building's contents.

  • The Society annually solicits its membership and friends for contributions to the Endowment Fund.

  • The Society's Endowment Fund also gratefully accepts gifts of Securities, Bequests, Life Insurance or other Planned Giving Options.  Please call if you would like more information.  We recommend that you consult with your attorney or accountant before making a decision on all such donations.

  • Contribution checks for the Endowment Fund should be made payable to the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler and marked "Endowment Fund".


Here's how you can make an immediate quick, easy and secure donation to our "Endowment Fund" as well as our "Building Fund" right from your computer or mobile device and pay via your major credit card. Simply click the appropriate button below and you will be directed to the Dayton Foundation's website where you will then be able to donate right to the Historical Society of Vandalia Butler's funds. We thank you for all of your support!

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