Bishop Hill Heritage Association

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association was organized in 1962 with the original goal of saving Colony era buildings in disrepair and restoring them to functional use. The BHHA continues today to maintain these historic properties and the Swedish culture unique to Bishop Hill. Through educational programming, the organization strives to instill visitors with a sense of pride in the past, present and future. The Heritage is open all year to assist all people who want to learn more about this “Utopia on the Prairie.” Our two museums are the 1854 Steeple Building and the 1908 Albert Krans Livery Stable. For our museums, admission is free will donation.

Steeple Building Museum Hours: Open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.

Albert Krans Livery Stable Museum Hours:  Open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open on event weekends

Spets Stuga Hours:  Open seven days per week

All BHHA Buildings closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter, and 4th of July

Dairy Building Conference Area Rental Information

Dairy Building

The first floor of the 1855 Dairy Building is again available to rent this year for your events. The first floor consists of two areas: the Creamery and the Bucket Room. The Creamery is 624 square feet, has a Colony Dairy display, and holds 50 to 75 people seated. The Bucket Room is 384 square feet. It contains of a restroom and a coffee bar for serving food and other items. Both these areas together make up a great setting for any meeting, workshop, reception, bridal shower, birthday party, or other event. To see photographs of these spaces, click on the following link: . Call 309 927-3899 or email for more details.