The Historical Society offers student scholarships.  For more details or to apply, please contact the Historical Society via email at:  ask@MenardCoHistoricalSociety.com.

Jim Todd is the Chairman of this Committee

The Historical Society sponsors art shows periodically and features original works of local artists.  Check out the Events Page as new dates will be listed.

scholarship program

Quarterly Dinners

The Menard County Historical Society features regular and ongoing events to share the rich history and heritage of Petersburg and Menard County.  The monthly presentation series features speakers on specific subjects of interest and are held at the historic "Salem on Seventh Theatre" located on the west side of the courthouse square in downtown Petersburg.  The sessions are always the Third Tuesday of the month and start at 6:30 pm in the beautifully restored theatre.  Refreshments and snacks are available before and after each show.  Every session is free; and donations are accepted.

People, places and events

We are very proud of our association with The Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum and the Marbold Farmstead and will feature their events also



Nov, 5th, 2016

Historic Marbold Homestead Annual Dinner Meeting at Roots. Dinner, entertainment and silent auction


Dec. 3rd, 2016

Menard County Historical Society Annual Christmas Tour


Dec.3rd, 2016

Christmas in Petersburg


April 18th, 2017

We are happy to bring back our Third Tuesday at the Theatre with the showing of the Illinois Stories Program on the Edgar Lee Masters Home and Museum.

Doors open at 6:00 and the program at 7:00. Get her early to get your snacks and a drink at Salem on Seventh Theatre.


May 20th, 2017

2nd Annual Fundraiser "Party with the Poet" for the Edgar Lee Masters Museum and Home. Cocktails start at 5:00 with music, chef prepared meal, auctions and a fun time for a good cause. Tickets are $50.00 each and include one drink




PLEASE check often as new sessions and other special events are added.

Presentation series

Menard County

Historical Society

Join us each quarter for a dinner in a series of locations.  Each dinner features a special fare in some great locations.  If you love history and wish to learn more about our rich heritage, please join us.



People, places and events

Art shows