2024 Schedule of Major Events for the BHHA 


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July 20            Basket Weaving Workshop

 At the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make an ivy basket from instructor Linda Simmons. $15 per person, max of 10 people for this class. Participants are asked to bring with them the following items: a towel, a pail, and some hand-held garden shears. All other materials will be provided and lunch will be on your own. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details or to register. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Art Council Agency, a state agency.



July 20            Book Talk by Martha Bergland

On Saturday July 20,2024, at 1 p.m. in Bishop Hill IL, listen to author Martha Bergland talk about her latest book, The Birdman of Koshkonong:  The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlien.  Thure Kumlien was one of Wisconsin’s earliest Swedish settlers and an accomplished ornithologist, botanist, and naturalist in the mid-1800s. He settled on the shore of Lake Koshkonong in 1843 and soon began sending bird specimens to museums and collectors in Europe and the eastern United States, including the Smithsonian.

Martha Bergland is the author of many poems, essays, and short stories, as well as two novels–A Farm Under A Lake and Idle Curiosity published by Graywolf Press.  Her latest book, The Birdman of Koshkonong: The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlien, was awarded the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Best Work of Nonfiction and The Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators Book of Merit Award. Birdman also received the Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Biography and Gold Medal for Overall Book Design.

This free one-hour book talk and book signing will be at the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street in historic Bishop Hill, IL.  Email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at bhha@mymctc.net or call 309 927-3899 for more information.




Aug. 17 Fresh Indigo and Vat Indigo Dyeing Class, taught by Sheri Wood

Class is from 8 am. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building. . Please join me for fun day of exploring the magic of dyeing with Indigo! Starting with natural fibers and materials, we will add patterns and watch the magic as the fabrics change from white to yellow to blue right in front of your eyes. We will start out the day, meeting at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL and take a short walk to the indigo patch to harvest the fresh indigo (Japanese Indigo or persicaria tinctoria), along the way we’ll discuss planting growing, harvesting and seed saving of these plants. We will then use the freshly harvested leaves to color our fabric using 3 different techniques- salt rub, ice dyeing and leaf pounding. Before lunch break, we will start our indigo vats and prepare items for the afternoon vat dyeing by clamping, tying, and folding materials.

After the lunch break, we will spend the afternoon dipping and dyeing our fabric and other materials. We will discuss how to finish your projects at home, and suggestions for different uses for your treasures. Material and supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along fabric or small clothing items from home to use, natural fibers dye best. I will provide samples of many different natural fabrics and yarns for you to dye. Bring along an apron, or wear clothing that make be shades of blue before the day is over. Everyone will take home their samples to finish at home, starts of the plants, and class handouts including sources for supplies, instructions for what we did in class, and directions for finishing your samples at home.

We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch.
Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $75. And includes class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: sheri_jeanne@hotmail.com or (309) 299-8007.
Partially sponsored by the BHHA.


Aug. 24   12th Annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The Bishop Hill Chautauqua has an all-new line-up of colorful characters from America’s past. On August 24th, in the Bishop Hill village park gazebo, you are invited to meet Native American Grandmothers, First Lady Mary Lincoln, First Lady of Flight Amelia Earhart, a founding Mother of Ecology, Rachel Carson and the Queen of Country Music, Patsy Cline.

The series of free programs begins at 11:00 a.m. with Jo Lakota sharing the story of Native Elders in a program called “Remember Me: The Power of the Grandmothers.” Learn more about the strength of Native Women and meet some of the trailblazers of the recent past.

At noon there is a short break, time for guests to enjoy lunch at one of three restaurants in Bishop Hill, or to bring a picnic to enjoy in the town square. Following lunch at 1:00 p.m. Pam Brown brings to life the story of Mary Lincoln in the White House. Mary Lincoln is seen leaving the White House for the last time. Her heart is heavy, and her memories are great.

Leslie Goddard as Amelia Earhart takes the stage at 2:00 p.m. Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early twentieth century. Learn about her experiences as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932). She’ll describe how she learned to fly, what inspired her adventurous spirit, and why she set off in 1937 for an around-the-world flight.

Meet the Mother of the Modern Environmental Movement, Rachel Carson, at 3:00 p.m. Katie Knutson portraits the author of Silent Spring, as she rebutted attacks from chemical companies, trying to be a force for good. Come meet Miss Carson and hear how she persevered to write the book that changed the world as we know it.

At 4:00 p.m. we will host Fika, a Swedish tradition of sharing coffee, cookies and conversation with the scholars. Ask additional questions, collect autographs, and chat with the participants to share ideas and insights gleaned from the performances.

Then join us for dinner and a show at The Commons at 5:00 p.m. P.L. Johnson’s will cater the meal and Nicole Simkins will bring to life the Queen of Country Music, Patsy Cline. Weaving true stories from the fabled life of this legend while belting out some of her favorite songs, you will see a side of Patsy Cline that few folks know. (Dinner is $35). For the evening dinner and the show, please call P.L. Johnson’s to make a reservation. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

The Bishop Hill Chautauqua is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Community State Bank, Galesburg Community Foundation, Geneseo Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast and generous donations from the community. The audience is encouraged to bring a lawn chair. For more information about the Chautauqua, email bhha@mymctc.net or call 309-927-3899.

Just the Facts:

The 12th Annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., August 24th, 2024

In the Bishop Hill village park gazebo,
corner of Main and Bishop Hill Streets

11:00 Jo Lakota – The Power of the Grandmothers
1:00 Pam Brown as Mary Lincoln
2:00 Leslie Goddard as Amelia Earhart
3:00 Katie Knutson as Rachel Carson
4:00 Fika
5:00 – 7:00 Dinner Theater
Nicole Simkins as Patsy Cline


This is a listing of BHHA events only.  To view all other Bishop Hill events, please check out https://www.visitbishophill.com/.  Please confirm BHHA events details by emailing bhha@mymctc.net, visiting the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook Page, calling 309 927-3899, or visiting www.bishophillheritage.org

*The programs of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.