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Christmas Open House Vandalia Statehouse

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Saturday, December 09, 2017by kenna.kj

The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public on Dec. 9. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.


Visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will find the building illuminated by more than 250 candles and trimmed with decorations from the time when a young Abraham Lincoln served there.


The historic site also will be collecting food for local residents in need. Visitors can bring along a non-perishable or canned item that will be donated to the local food pantry.


The free festivities are scheduled for 6:00-8:30 p.m. 


The Vandalia Historical Society will provide cookies and cider.


The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site served as the capitol from 1836 to 1839. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


The site is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. IDNR protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy.


For more information about the site and its programming call (618) 283-1161 or visit Facebook at Vandalia-Historical-Society.