2022 Schedule of Major Spring/Summer Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

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June 20          Rarely Seen Treasures from the Attic:  Part Två

Rarely Seen Treasures from the Attic: Part Två is the new summer exhibit opening at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, IL on June 20, 2022. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be exhibiting various objects from its collection that have never been displayed before!! Some of these artifacts include an 18th century Swedish corner cabinet, Bishop Hill Colony papers, World War I memorabilia, and much more. This exhibit contains objects from United States, Swedish, Illinois, and Bishop Hill history. Steeple Building Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibition ends October 28, 2022. For more information, please contact the BHHA at bhha@mymctc.net, 309 927-3899, and www.bishophillheritage.org.


July 24            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.


Aug. 13-14      4th Annual Hummingbird Festival                                 

 Two days of storytelling, music, hands-on crafts, artist demonstrations, bird banding, bird watching, and hummingbird sightings throughout Bishop Hill.  Enjoy a dinner theater performance featuring Illinois ornithologist Robert Ridgway.  Email foxtales@foxtalesint.com for more information.  Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Twinflower Inn, Peoria Wild Birds Unlimited, Bishop Hill Arts Council and the Illinois Audubon Society.


\Aug. 27-28     Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Bishop Hill’s 9th Annual Chautauqua looks back at the history of the Chautauqua Movement. “We have invited these voices from the past who have something to say to our audiences today,” says Artistic Director Brian “Fox” Ellis. On Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host this free festival in the newly restored gazebo in the town square.

On August 27th, the day begins at 10 a.m. with “A Storyteller’s Tour of Bishop Hill”, a walking tour lead by Brian “Fox” Ellis that begins at the Twinflower Inn. The tour will last about 90 minutes and circle the town. The tour will include stories of the founding of the town, as well as some of its more colorful recent history.

At 1:00 p.m. in the park, Annette Baldwin portrays Jane Addams, an American settlement activist and reformer who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Baldwin has performed at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and the International Conference of Hull House and Toynbee Hall of London.

At 2:00 p.m., storyteller and author Stephen Hollen brings to life Mark Twain’s wit and humor with a lively mix of quotes and both popular and lesser known stories. Mark Twain was a writer, humorist, and Chautauqua lecturer.

And at 3:00 p.m., Michael Hurt will sing the songs made popular by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. This program covers the history of African-American vocal music; including field hollers sung by field slaves; call and response work songs of the south and of the West Indies. These historical musical forms ultimately birthed the Negro spiritual, gospel, the blues, and jazz. Mr. Hurt has sung with the Heritage Ensemble and Opera Illinois and he has appeared in many regional theater productions.

On Sunday, August 28th, the program starts in the park at 1:00 p.m. with the folk music ensemble Hammer and Pick and a rowdy tour of American folk music. Hammer and Pick has been playing for audiences in Western Illinois since the 1980’s. Jon Wagner plays hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar and harmonica; Jan Sams plays guitar and bass; and William Hope adds his guitar & dobro.

At 2:00 p.m., Brian “Fox” Ellis steps into the shoes of our fishing president, President Herbert Hoover, to present a program based on his book Fishing for Fun–and to Wash Your Soul. Hoover will recall some of his favorite fish tales from his boyhood fishing in West Branch. He will tell a few fishing jokes, stories of fishing with other world leaders, and how he used fishing as a diplomatic tool. Hoover was also President of the Izaak Walton League, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year!

At 3:00 p.m., Stephen Hollen will bring to life Buffalo Bill, with tales of the Wild West. Born just across the river in Le Claire Iowa, Buffalo Bill Cody became of one of the most famous figures of the Wild West.

All programs will be held at the newly restored gazebo in Bishop Hill’s town square, on the corners of Main Street and Bishop Hill Road, in Bishop Hill, IL. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, bring a friend, and plan to come early to eat lunch in one of several restaurants or visit our shops and museums. This free public event is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Geneseo Foundation, HistoryInPerson.com and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast. For more information, call 309-927-3899, visit www.bishophillheritage.org or email bhha@mymctc.net .


September 10  Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 176th anniversary of the Colony and the 126th 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 18  Honor Flight Fundraiser

Fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. All day breakfast buffet at The Filling Station. Silent Auction. Brown bag Raffle. Live Music.  Be there! Call 309-927-3355 for more info.


Sept. 24-25      Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. .  Email bhha@mymctc.net or call 309 927-3899 for more information.   10 a.m. – 5 p.mOrganized by the BHHAFunded by the Geneseo Foundation, Illinois Art Council Agency, Nature Creation’s, Wilbur and Marilyn Nelson, State Bank of Toulon, TerraForm Power, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association. 


This is a listing of the major events only.  Not all programs are listed, due to the large number of activities.  Also due to the pandemic, 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

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