As part of the 2023 Bishop Hill Chautauqua, storyteller, historian, and author Brian “Fox” Ellis will do a first-person portrayal of explorer Meriwether Lewis Join the Corps of Discovery in this humorous and informative blend of stories and song, journal excerpts and American Indian folklore. In this dynamic overview, the journey is also put into the larger perspective of American history with stories from the tribes met along the way and adventures from the diaries of pioneers who followed the river in the footsteps of these intrepid explorers. This performance will begin at 3 p.m. at the park gazebo and is free and open to the public.
The 2023 Bishop Hill Chautauqua is a 2-day historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music on August 26 and 27 in historic Bishop Hill IL. Spend the weekend in the village park with several characters from our past such as Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Jenny Lind, Carl Sandberg and many more. Saturday afternoon, enjoy Fika with some of the performers. Saturday evening, enjoy a dinner theater at P.L. Johnson. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309 927-3899 or at