Menard County

Historical Society

museum

‚ÄčThe Edgar Lee Masters Museum and Home opened in April!!

We are happy to welcome some new businesses to the downtown square. Recently opening are: Hand of Fate Brewery, clothing shops, antiques and antique salvage, Dr. Ugs restaurant, gamling parlor, OMG Bistro and more to come. Come on out and check what we having going on in Historic Petersburg

events

photos/videos

The Museum houses historic artifacts, photos and displays of the rich history dating back to Lincoln's time.  The museum is a resource for collections, historical documents, photos and fascinating displays. You can also purchase items such as books, prints, original paintings, t-shirts, papers and more.

The Menard County Historical Society offers special presentations each month.  Or stop by Friday 1-3 pm, Saturday 11-2 pm.  Or contact us for a special tour and presentation. Join us for educational, entertaining and historical presentations on the third Tuesday of the month!  See upcoming events.

Come discover the past with us

Welcome to the Menard County Historical Society. We are located on the historic square across the street where a young Abraham Lincoln surveyed land that became the town of Petersburg, Illinois.  Contained within the Frackleton Building (circa 1865) are displays, photos, artifacts and a venue for conducting research. We welcome you to town and hope that you'll take in the many Historic sites and tourist stops.  Better yet, spend a weekend.

WE WILL SOON BE DOING ORAL HISTORIES OF SOME OF OUR CITIZENS AS THEY RELATE STORIES FROM THE PAST IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Nearly every page on the website has photos of people, places and things.  Our photos and videos connect you to fascinating people and events.  Our library of resources will continue to grow in time so be sure to check the website often for new information and more local history.

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