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We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler.  This web site is intended to inform you of the society's goals, accomplishments, and activities.  These achievements are the result of an ambitious plan to collect, restore and preserve the unique history of Butler Township and Vandalia.

Our country's historic sites allow us to learn first hand about our national history and our diverse regional and cultural identities.  Without the preservation of historic places in our communities, a tangible part of our culture that teaches us who we are as Americans could be lost forever.

We're making history...and you can, too!

The Historical Society of Vandalia and Butler Township has been actively collecting, preserving and displaying local treasures of our predecessors for over thirty years.  The Society's primary purpose has been to make every effort to reach out and make our local history available to everyone, and this continues to be our overwhelming commitment.

Hence, sharing our new web site with you "in the comfort of your home" is just another way we can reach out and keep everyone informed as to the many museum structures, photos, stories, maps, etc., that await you when you, your family and friends visit our beautiful, tranquil and spacious grounds.

The undertaking of exciting and informative new projects, such as the preparation and creation of this web site, is just another challenge that we accept as a necessity for keeping our Society functioning in this very fast moving 21st century.  This period will surely be remembered as the New Age of Communication and we must stay abreast or fall behind.  Thus, the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler Board of Trustees has aptly chosen to use this electronic resource as a tool to improve our communication network.  This, along with our newsletter, will allow us to better inform our members, associates and friends we have not yet met, about the functions of our Society and likewise, we will attempt to reach the younger historians who want to know more about their ancestors and this precious, history rich area of southwest Ohio.

Therefore, we count on you as one of our most important assets.  The Vandalia and Butler Township family of supporters and other friends of the Society give because they care about preserving the local history and heritage of Vandalia and Butler Township and the continuation of this Society for future generations.

Your donation will aid in safeguarding our local treasures and help guarantee a future worthy of our past.

Some Great News:

Joe Dranschak, President of the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, received the Marvin Link Distinguished Service Award on February 28th 2017 at the annual awards dinner,  sponsored by the Vandalia Butler Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday March 1st was the "Official" Joe Dranschak Day in the City of Vandalia, as proclaimed by Mayor Arlene Setzer.

Congratulations Joe!!


The Mission of the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler is to perpetuate the history of the Vandalia-Butler Community and to educate people about the importance of this history.

important news & upcoming events

  • NEW! Now you can easily make a Tax Exempt donation to the HSVB online! Click Here and go to the bottom of the page to donate directly to the HSVB! Easy, Safe, Secure. Major credit cards accepted.

  • Click Here to review/print/download our NEW Business/Organization membership letter/application.
  • Click Here to see all the great businesses and organizations that have become members of the HSV-B!
  • Click HERE to review/print/download our Meeting House Rental Application.
    MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd STARTING AT 6:00 PM, held at: VANDALIA SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER Bring a dish to share and your own table service. Beverages provided. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you!!

  • Reminder: It is time to renew your membership in the Society. A membership form & return envelope were included in the last newsletter to renew for 2017.

  • Kroger Rewards Program: The Society does participate in this program and we encourage you to enroll and list the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler as the recipient.     

  • Museum Open Houses  April - October, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 1-3 PM Special tours by appointment.
  • See a Map and get driving directions from Yahoo! Maps.
  • Vandalia Arts website Click Here
  • Board meetings are now the 2nd Monday of each month.
  • Click Here to view our Membership Page with info on General Memberships and membership application.