2020 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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Saturday, Feb. 1; BHHA Annual Meeting
On Saturday February 1, the BHHA will be having its annual meeting at the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill IL. A light lunch will be served at about 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow at approximately 12:15 p.m. The lunch and meeting is open to Bishop Hill Heritage Association members. Some of the items that will be covered at the annual meeting are the election of board members and officers, a review of 2019 accomplishments, and a preview of 2020 events. Heritage members, please attend and learn more about the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and Bishop Hill!

Saturday, April 4
March of the Women: Music for the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage
At 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, there will be a one-hour free public concert by hammered dulcimer performer Phil Passen. This program consists of songs about women’s suffrage from as early as the mid-nineteenth century through 1920. In addition, the program includes songs from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries about the role of women in society, including songs about equal job opportunity, equal work for equal pay, reproductive rights, and other relevant topics. Phil introduces each song with information about the song and its historical context. This is an entertaining and informative look at the fight for women’s right to vote and the continuing fight for women’s rights. This program is hosted by the BHHA and sponsored by the IHC Road Scholars Speaker Bureau.

Saturday, May 2
Moments in Lincoln’s Life
Tom Emery will be doing a free public presentation about Lincoln 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building. This one-hour program is based on Mr. Emery’s release of the same name, which is a compilation of articles on some of the lesser-known experiences of the sixteenth President, with fresh looks on the more famous episodes. The program will cover Lincoln’s pre-presidential life, including his early romances, his work as a surveyor and postmaster, first political campaigns and some of his notable friendships. Other topics will include Lincoln’s law career, how he celebrated Christmas and holiday seasons, and little-known facts about the assassination, as well as a look at Lincoln’s descendants. This program is sponsored by the BHHA.

Saturday, June 6
Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute Concert
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that an ABBA tribute band will be preforming at 2 p.m. in the village park on June 6. 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. Come and enjoy a spring afternoon of great music. This concert is free and open to the public, due to the financial support of the Community State Bank and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. For more information about this wonderful musical performance on the National Day of Sweden, please check out www.bishophillheritage.org, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

Saturday, July 18
Learn to Felt Class with Lou Hanson
1 to 4 p.m. at the Dairy Building
A three-hour workshop that will teach the basics of wet felting, an age-old craft that is enjoying a renaissance today. Using colorful wool roving and decorative elements of sari silk, silk fibers and specialty yarns, participants will create a sheet of felt that can then be made into bookmarks, coasters, a small change purse or a cell phone or glasses case. Lou Hanson of Hantverk Galleri will teach the workshop at the Dairy Building. To reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net. The cost is $20 per person.

Lou Hanson apprenticed with Colony Potter Steve Holden in 1976 and 1977. She has been making her living with clay and crafts ever since. Lou owns and creates at Hantverk Galleri in Bishop Hill, Illinois. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, sponsor this workshop. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of town.

Saturday October 24
I Need to Make a Dollar: Protest Songs of Illinois Workers, 1865 to 1970
At 2 p.m.at the Dairy Building, there will be a free public one hour concert by musician Bucky Halker. This musical program brings the voice of the people to audiences, letting workers tell their story “from the bottom up.” The program features a sampling from the thousands of songs written by Illinois workers, allowing audiences to gain insight into the vision these workers had for a better, more just, and more democratic state and nation. This presentation is hosted by the BBHA and sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Saturday November 7: Dala Horse Painting Workshop
On Saturday November 7, Carol Curry will be conducting a Dala horse painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Participants will hand-paint a small Dala horse using a traditional Swedish pattern. Space for the workshop will be limited to 14 adults. To reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net. The cost is $20 per person. All supplies will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. This Swedish workshop is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and SWEA-Chicago. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of town.

Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.