The circus was the greatest entertainment of the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were several circuses based out of Petersburg, IL. This video showcases the Kelly Brothers Circus with an interview of the grandchildren of the Kellys.
See the last night that 35mm film was used for showing movies as it had for 75 years. We also recorded the first night of the new 4K projection system. Learn the story of the Arlee Theatre in nearby Mason City, IL
Local author Raymond Montgomery of Petersburg, IL tells the story of Ann Rutledge and the relationship with our most famous area resident, Abraham Lincoln.
Her grandmother was a Cherokee Indian and forced to walk the Trail of Tears through Southern Illinois. Learn about one of her descendants who now owns land in the deep southern part of the state where the trail runs through and how her native American heritage is a source a pride.
Experience life in Lincoln's New Salem Village as it was in the 1830s during Lincoln's time there. See the village, the insides of some of the cabins and the lifestyle of residents from a bygone era.
The Emily Hough Story showcases the life and musical talents of a Petersburg teenager. Check out her story and quest to achieve her personal goals.
Kelly Brothers Circus - Petersburg, IL