This week, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association in partnership with History In Person is hosting a virtual Chautauqua. Meet Poet Carl Sandburg, the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind, folklorist Peter Christian Asbjornsen, author of the Pippi Longstocking books, Astrid Lindgren, labor rights activist Joe Hill, and Bishop Hill Founder Jonas Olson.

The free live streaming program starts at 6:00 pm Central Time each evening with live Q & A after each performance. Register on our History In Person Facebook event page and subscribe to our History In Person YouTube channel. It will stream live on both platforms, but subscribing is key to get notifications and to more easily log-in on the evening of the program. Only folks who register in advance will also have access to watch any of the six videos for one week after the live event.


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Here is the schedule:

Monday, March 7

6:00 Jonas Olson: A Bishop Hill Founding Father with Brian “Fox” Ellis

7:00 Joe Hill: Labor Activist with Bucky Halker

Tuesday March 8

6:00 Carl Sandburg: Poet of the People with Barry Cloyd

7:00 Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale with Paula Vankuren

Wednesday March 9

6:00 Peter Christian Asbjornsen: Scandinavian Folklore and Ecology with Brian “Fox” Ellis

7:00 Astrid Lindgren: Pipi Longstocking with Kay Price


This free public event is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, American-Scandinavian Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, SWEA-Chicago, and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast.  For more information, call 309-927-3899 or email .

Bishop Hill Heritage Foundation