2021 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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April 9  Opening of BHHA exhibit:  Colonists and Their Descendants:  In Their Own Words

A multi-media exhibition consisting of video interviews, audio clips, and photographs of Bishop Hill Colonists and their descendants that tells the story of Bishop Hill from their point of view.  Some of the items that will be in the display are audio clips from Jonas Bergren’s wax cylinder recordings; video interviews of Charlotte Falk, Morris Nelson, and Oliva Hultgren; audio only interviews of Ron Nelson, Ruth Melton, and Steve Stoneberg; photographs produced from recently donated glass plate negatives; and much more. The last day of this exhibition will be Friday October 29, 2021.   

 April 27 & May 4  Birding Bishop Hill

This historical village of 100 people also boast more than 100 species of birds. Brian “Fox” Ellis will lead a morning bird hike, host lunch with John James Audubon and an afternoon historical tour will helping us make connections between pioneer history and natural history. $55 per person includes lunch, the performance, and both hikes, starts promptly at 8:00 am.  E-mail foxtales@foxtalesint.com to register.  Sponsored by the Twinflower Inn

 May 22            Dairy Building Program Series #1

 Dr. Jon Wagner, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, will present an overview on the history of the Bishop Hill Colony.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

 June 5             Dairy Building Program Series #2

 Dr. Carolyn Anderson, retired professor of Anthropology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, will present a program on the Material Culture of the Bishop Hill Colony.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

June 13           Honor Flight Benefit
This is a fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 3-6 p.m.  Call 309 927-3355 for more details.  Sponsored by the Filling Station.

June 19           Dairy Building Program Series #3

Lilly Setterdahl, author of 24 books, 18 of which are nonfiction about Swedes in America, will present a program about the Women of the Bishop Hill Colony.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

June 20           U.S. Presidents from Illinois

Dr. Larry Cook, presidential memorabilia collector and historian, will present a program about Illinois Presidents.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA, Geneseo Foundation, and Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation.

 June 26           Midsommar Music Festival
Join a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice.  Free concerts in the park.  A Maypole will be decorated and a procession will ensure delivery to the Colony School.  Black Hawk Pipes & Drums perform at 11 a.m.  Hammer & Pick performs at 1 p.m.  Jazz on the Side performs at 2 p.m.  Chris Vallillo at 3 p.m. Maypole decorating and procession at 4 p.m.  Barn Dance at 6 p.m.   Organized by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill VASA Lodge #683, VASA Order of America, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Old Settlers’ Association, and the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.  Sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

July 10            Dairy Building Program Series #4

Dr. Troy Swanson, Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, will present a program on The Bishop Hill Colony & the Development of the Prairie: Diversity, Religion & Americanization.  This free program starts at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

 July 17            Dairy Building Program Series #5

Doug Dowell, professor at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL, will present a program about Forrest Cady:  Bishop Hill’s Major Leaguer.  This free program will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

July 24            The Bishop Hill Book Fair

At the Creative Commons, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy a book fair with readings and workshops by the authors, followed by an evening concert.  Email foxtales@foxtalesint.com for more details. Sponsored by Fox Tales International, Bishop Hill Creative Commons, and Midwest Writing Center.

July 25            Antique Car Show
Antique and classic car show. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., judging is from noon – 1:30 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association.

 August 7         Dancing Queen:  ABBA Tribute Band Concert

Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate tribute band on the planet. With painstaking attention to detail, they’ve recreated an ABBA experience that is second to none. Fronted by two dynamic women with angelic voices, and backed by a group of world-class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that captivates audiences, both young and old. This concert is free and open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. in the village park.  Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Community State Bank, Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  

 August 14-15  Bishop Hill Hummingbird Festival

This is a chance to see hummingbirds up close and learn more about these miraculous creatures. Brian “Fox” Ellis will share hummingbird tales and John James Audubon will share his portraits of hummingbirds. There will be bird banding, hands-on crafts for kids, live music, and a series of informal talks on birds and pollinator gardens!  And an opportunity to take hummingbird friendly garden plants home.  Visit the bhcommons on Facebook or call 309-696-1017 for details.  Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Peoria Wild Birds Unlimited, and the Twinflower Inn.

August 21        Dred Scott and his Legacy

Lynne M. Jackson will present a program on the 1857 Dred Scott Decision at 2 p.m. in the village park.  Ms. Jackson is the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, and she will talk about the legacy of this Supreme Court case as well as share details of Scott’s personal and family history that have not been previously been known.  Sponsored by the BHHA, Geneseo Foundation, and Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation.

August 28-29  Bishop Hill Chautauqua

 Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music. Spend the day with several figures from our past, such as Jonas Olson, Carl Sandburg, and Astrid Lindgren.  Listen to the music of Jenny Lind and Joe Hill.  Free event held in the park.  Organized by the BHHA, Fox Tales International, and the Twinflower Inn.  Sponsored by the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and SWEA-Chicago. 

September 11  Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Colony and the 125th year of the Old Settlers’ Association.  There will be a large parade at 10 a.m.  A traditional chicken dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a band concert and a program.  Sponsored by the BHOSA.

 September 12  Colony School Reunion

Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the BHOSA.

 September 18  Dairy Building Program Series #6

 Dr. Brita Butler-Wall, author of several articles on Bishop Hill and lecturer at the University of Washington, will present a program about Anna Sophia Bengtsson, Eric Janson’s Second Wife.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

 Sept. 25-26      Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.mOrganized by the BHHAFunded by the Geneseo Foundation, Illinois Art Council Agency, Nature Creation’s, Nelson Farm Service, State Bank of Toulon, TerraForm Power, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association. 

 October 9        Basket Weaving Workshop
At the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make a spring basket from instructor Linda Simmons.  $25 per person, max of 10 people for this class. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register.  Sponsored by the BHHA, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, and the Illinois Art Council Agency, a state agency.

 October 16      Dairy Building Program Series #7

 Dr. Adam Kaul, professor of anthropology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, will present a program about Bishop Hill and Historic Tourism.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

 October 23      Dairy Building Program Series #8

John Norton, noted Swedish historian and translator, will present a program on Eric Janson’s Last Two Letters to Bishop Hill.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

October 30      This Land is Your Land:  The Folksongs of Woody Guthrie by Bucky Halker

 Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) is America’s most legendary folksong writer. His music continues to uplift and excite musicians and audiences around the world. Inspired by Guthrie’s most famous song, This Land Is Your Land features the performance (guitar and vocal) of several Guthrie songs by , as well as commentary on the time period and each song. The 1 hour program also places Guthrie and his music in a larger historical context while also offering details on his life.  Sponsored by the BHHA and the IHC Road Scholars Speaker Bureau.

 November 6    Dairy Building Program Series #9

Chris Vallillo, Macomb musician, will perform a concert of 19th Century Folk Music.  This free concert is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA, Galesburg Community Foundation, and Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

November 13  Dairy Building Program Series #10

Brian “Fox” Ellis, professional storyteller and historian, will perform as Benjamin Dunn Walsh, the first State Entomologist of Illinois who lived just outside the Bishop Hill Colony.  Mr. Ellis will give an outsider’s viewpoint of the Bishop Hill Colony.  This free program is open to the public.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Sponsored by the BHHA, Galesburg Community Foundation, and Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

November 20  Dala Horse Painting Workshop

Carol Curry will be conducting a Dala Horse painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Participants will hand-paint a small Dala horse using a traditional Swedish pattern that you can take home. Paint, brushes, Dala horse and other supplies will be provided.  To reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net. The cost is $25 per person. Lunch will be on your own. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, and Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

 

Friday November 26, Saturday November 27, Sunday November 28, Saturday December 4, and Sunday December 5
Julmarknad (Christmas Market)
Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters throughout the village. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other Christmas gift items. Cookie Walk at the Colony School November 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chocolate Walk at the Dairy Building during the first weekend of December. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11
Lucia Nights
From 6 to 9 p.m., experience a unique Swedish holiday. Luminaries line the sidewalk and music fills the air. Young girls dressed as St. Lucia serve drinks and sweets in shops and museums throughout the village. Soup supper available at the Methodist Church. All Bishop Hill restaurants and shops will be open. December 10 is the Christmas Tree lighting in the park at 6 p.m. December 11 Barn Dance at the Colony School at 7 p.m. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

Due to the pandemic, program formats might change.  Events could be rescheduled or cancelled.  Please confirm events details by emailing bhha@mymctc.net, visiting the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook Page, calling 309 927-3899, or visiting www.bishophillheritage.org