A group of Swedish dignitaries will conduct a cultural and musical presentation in Bishop Hill on Friday, May 31. The presentation will be from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in VagnHall Galleri located at the Prairie Arts Center. Tourism director Katarina Ceder Bång of Hälsingland will first talk about the cultural and natural history of their northern Swedish region, including the timbered Hälsingland Farms, newly-designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. National folkfiddlers Görgen Antonsson and Örjan Hans-Ers will then play several songs to finish the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

This presentation is part of a much larger tour of the United States being conducted by this group. Stops include the Quad Cities, Andover, Bishop Hill, Galva, and Chicago. Other group participants are governors Barbro Holmberg of Gävleborg Province, Sweden´s former Minister of Migration; Britt Bohlin of Jämtland, recognized national defense expert; and Bo Källstrand of Västernorrland, former head of Swedish Energy. Also visiting will be university presidents Dr. Maj-Britt Johansson of Gävle Högskola, a forestry land use expert, and Dr. Anders Söderholm of Mittuniversitetet, a specialist in regional planning and development. They will be accompanied by tourism director Mats Forslund of Jämtland and by tour organizer Olle Lundgren, Jämtland Provincial Planner.

This event is sponsored by the Heritage. For more information, please contact Todd DeDecker, Bishop Hill Heritage Association administrator, at (309) 927-3899 or bhha@mymctc.net.