For the 2021 Bishop Hill Chautauqua on Saturday, August 28.  professional storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will be portraying Jonas Olson, one of the Bishop Hill Colony’s leading men.  This Chautauqua style program will provide viewers with unique insights about 19th century life in the Bishop Hill Colony.  Fox will be performing in the park at 2 p.m.

Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al.  He and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast in Bishop Hill, Illinois, The Twinflower Inn.  Fox is one of the organizers and sponsors of this year’s Chautauqua.

For more information about this event, please call 309 927-3899 or email  This festival is free so please bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show!