The Illinois Humanities Council has granted the Heritage $1,400 towards this year’s Chautauqua.  The BHHA thanks the IHC for its generous support.  Without the assistance of organizations like the IHC, the BHHA would not be able to organize these type of unique events.  This year’s Chautauqua information is given below:

With a theme of “Uniquely American”, folks are invited to Bishop Hill to meet Harriet Tubman, Moses of her People, Merewether Lewis and his Corps of Discovery, Fanny Crosby, The Queen of Gospel Song Writers, and Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour. On September 6th, 2014, from 11:00 – 6:00, The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will once again revive a long standing tradition by hosting The Bishop Hill Chautauqua.


The formal program starts at 11:00 am, but folks are encouraged to come early to visit the unique shops, talk to working artists, and explore the six museums that make Historic Bishop Hill a modern Utopia on the Prairie.

11:00 Merewether Lewis: The Comic Mis-Adventures of The Corps of Discovery 

12:00 Lunch at one of three local restaurants

1:00 Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Song Writers

3:00 Harriet Tubman: Moses of Her People

5:00 Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour

All programs will be held at the gazebo in the town square. Please bring a folding chair. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors.