Rep. Wilhour: National Road Interpretive Center Celebrates 15 Years in Vandalia

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour makes a 15th Anniversary presentation to the volunteers of the National Road Interpretive Center and local Vandalia leaders.

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour made a presentation on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 to the National Road Visitor Center Volunteers and local leaders marking the 15th year of the center in Vandalia. The National Road was the first main route from the eastern United States for the westward expansion of the country with the terminus at Vandalia, Illinois.

“Thank you to all of the volunteers who have dedicated themselves to preserving our history and are key to providing and positive educational experience for visitors to our area and students from our schools,” said Rep. Wilhour.

The attendees at the presentation included local president of the National Road Association, Jerry Swarm, Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman, and volunteers Jessie Maas, David Dunn, and Joyce Meuller who has volunteered since the opening of the center.

Jerry Swarm, who has given his volunteer time to the National Road Interpretive Center, Historic Vandalia, and has also served for many years as an Alderman for the City of Vandalia, presents Rep. Blaine Wilhour with a souvenir road sign.