New videos

Light Up the Square


Enjoy the PORTA Grade School Kids as they sing Christmas songs and usher in the annual "Lighting of the Tree."  Click below to view!

Tour of Homes - Christmas in Petersburg


Enjoy the video gallery of historic and Christmas-themed homes in Petersburg.

Christmas in Petersburg


See highlights of special holiday shopping including horse drawn carriage through the brick streets of historic Petersburg.  

COMING Dec. 18

Community Thanksgiving


Relive community thanksgiving at Roots in Petersburg.  Special thanks to the Reineke family for hosting this 4th Annual community event.  COMING SOON.

Christmas at Indian Creek Farmstead


Coming Dec. 15

Enjoy highlights of a country Christmas at Indian Creek Farmstead in a 100 year old theme on the farm.

More Videos Coming


Revisit the site periodically to check out some of the latest videos filmed in Petersburg and Menard County.

Click on the links below to view some additional videos

Kelly Brothers Circus


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.

Arlee Theatre - 75 Years of Movies


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

The Ann Rutledge Story


Local author Raymond Montgomery of Petersburg, IL tells the story of Ann Rutledge and the relationship with our most famous area resident, Abraham Lincoln.

Susan's Story


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.

IL Bicentennial Celebration New Salem


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.

Emily Hough Story

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

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Thanks to Local Businesses Who Sponsor This Program

  • Potter Drugs
  • Hand of Fate Brewery
  • Petefish, Skiles & Co Bank
  • Hill Prairie Winery
  • West of Wise Winery
  • RiverBank Lodge
  • Gillmore's Family Cafe
  • The Yellow Door
  • Indian Creek Farmstead
  • Nickels of Petersburg
  • Los Rancheros
  • The Furniture Den
  • Jared Williams/The Land Guys
  • Gillmore-Allen Insurance
  • Sloan Implement
  • Alliance Community Bank
  • Menard County Farm Bureau
  • Treetop Productions, Inc.