Bishop Hill Reframed is the latest book about Bishop Hill history. Authored by Lilly Setterdahl and designed by Stephan Setterdahl,. Bishop Hill Reframed is being published by the BHHA in honor of Bishop Hill’s 175th anniversary. It can now be purchased at the Colony Store for $25. It is not on the Store website yet so you will either have to stop in and purchase it or call the Store at 309 927-3596. The sale of this book is a fundraiser for the BHHA.
Bishop Hill Reframed presents an honest description of the Bishop Hill Colony. It begins with a look at the principal founder, his beliefs, and escape from Sweden’s unfree society in the 1840s. It continues with letters penned by colonists and other eyewitnesses, articles on specific subjects, conversations with descendants, Civil War letters, and a Roster of Officers and Men of Company D, 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865. The book’s cover shows the primitive housing in 1846 and the prosperous town in 1855, both scenes painted by the colony’s own artist Olof Krans. The book is illustrated with photographs from Sweden and Bishop Hill, the historic buildings in the village, past activities, and images of the stoic pioneers, men and woman, who built this town.