Veterans Educational Museum

History of the Post: Crawford Hale Post #95 of the American Legion was formed in Vandalia on August 2, 1919. In 1943, the World War I veterans desired to have a Legion Home for the many veterans they knew would be returning to Fayette County when World War II was over.

The Historic Fehern Mansion on South Seventh Street was purchased. After an extensive renovation it became the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Legion Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. All veterans welcome.

The Museum was created to educate the younger generation and to show what the men and women went through in the time of need to protect our country. Over 800 military items have been donated to the Museum by Fayette County Veterans. Display cases include artifacts from wars and conflicts from World War I through Desert Storm.

Located on the grounds you will find the Veterans Memorial wall display. Dedicated in 2003, it list the names of over 7,000 Fayette County Veterans. Also on the grounds you will find a 75mm Pack Howitzer that was used in World War II. Maximum firing range for this was 9,760 yards.

Location and Hours of Operation


Veterans Educational Museum
321 S. 7th Street
Vandalia, Illinois
Phone - 618-283-0832

Hours of Operation

Open to the Public:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Or by appointment by calling 618-283-0832 or 618-283-2475