Menard County

Historical Society


The following are a few of the collections

that can be viewed and studied.

We hope that you'll check out our website often for historical information and other resources.  As additional resources are digitized, they will be added to this website that serves as an informational source, as well as an archive.

Edgar Lee Masters - Check out our library of a wide range of books by Edgar Lee Masters including original editions.  While here, check out the Edgar Lee Masters home just a few blocks away or visit his grave in nearby Oakland Cemetery where he lies down the lane from the remains of Ann Rutledge.

Listed below are the titles of various Edgar Lee Masters books available at the Menard County Historical Society:

Along the Illinois

Children of the Market Place

Doomsday Book



Godbey: A Dramatic Poem

Invisible Landscapes

Jack Kelso

Kit O'Brien

Lee: A Dramatic Poem

Levi Mayer and the New Industrial Era

Lichee Nuts

Lincoln The Man

Mark Twain


Mitch Miller

Poems of People

Skeeters Kirby

Songs: Satires

Spoon River Anthology

Starved Rock

The The Fate of the Jury

The Golden Fleece of California

The Great Valley

The New Spoon River

The Nuptial Flight

The Open Sea

The Tale of Chicago

The Tide of Time

Toward the Gulf

Vachel Lindsay


The Menard County Historical Society offers information about local history through original books, artifacts, photos, videos and other resources.  Additional slideshows will be added as time goes by.

Louise Basso - Local resident and artist Louise Basso has captured the sights of Petersburg decades ago.

Eric Mace-Local Photograper brings to life  some of the most amazing local wildlife and local sites

Jodi Basso Eberle- Through her chalks gives a refreshing and sometimes whimsical look to Menard County.

  • Edgar Lee Masters
  • Louise Basso
  • Kelly Brothers Circus
  • Other circus groups
  • Peter McCue
  • Marbold Farmstead
  • Fern Nance Pond
  • Notable Figures in Local Cemeteries
  • Other Collections
  • Genealogy Records


History of Menard and Mason Counties1879

Past and Present of Menard County 1905

Commissioner's Court Records

Menard County Illinois 1988

Schuyler County Illinois 1983

Cass County Illinois 1837-2012

History of Logan County Illinois 1982

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon County Vol. 1

Soldiers of American Revolution Buried in Illinois

Letters From War

Revised Ordinance of City of Petersburg 1903