March of the Women: Music for the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage
Chicago-based singer and hammered dulcimer player Phil Passen will have a concert in Bishop Hill, starting at 2 p.m. in the Dairy Building on Saturday, April 4. His program consists of songs about women’s suffrage from 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. This program is free and open to the public due to the sponsorships of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau.

Basket Weaving Workshop
Make a simple hand woven splint basket taught by Linda Simmons of Galva. This versatile basket is perfect for your wall, front door, mail, flowers, or keys. This workshop will be held at the Dairy Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 (Class will begin promptly at 9 a.m.). Class size is limited to 10 students. Participants are asked to bring with them the following items to the workshop: a towel, a bucket, and some hand held garden shears. Cost is $25 per student. Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to register.

Moments in Lincoln’s Life
Tom Emery will be doing a free public presentation about Lincoln at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building on Saturday, May 2. Sponsored by the BHHA, this one-hour 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.

Basic Woodcarving Workshop
On June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building, learn basic woodcarving skills and take home your own hand carved stylized tree. This project is the original design of the instructor, Dennis Carlson, and has been featured in the nationally published woodcarving magazine, Woodcarving Illustrated. The 6-inch basswood ready to carve tree blank will be provided along with a quality carving knife, protective Kevlar glove, and thumb guard. This class is designed as a beginner’s class but some experience handling a knife and working with wood will be helpful. The participants will learn proper carving techniques with emphasis on safety. They will also leave with an understanding of the nature of wood and various finishing options. Class size is limited to 10 students. Cost is $25 per student. Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to register.

Learn to Felt Class
On July 18 from 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy 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.

2020 Bishop Hill Chautauqua
The theme for the eighth annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua is Literary Figures and will occur in the village park on August 22. This is a free family oriented event where you will hear re-enactors tell inspiring stories about the historical characters they are portraying. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walt Whitman, Louise May Alcott, and Maya Angelou will all be making appearances in Bishop Hill. The Chautauqua is sponsored by the BHHA and the Twinflower Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Women Suffrage Movement
On Saturday August 29, Angie Snook of the Geneseo Historical Museum will be speaking at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill at 2 p.m. about the local women suffrage movement. A hundred years ago this week, the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was signed into law. This free presentation is sponsored by the BHHA and is open to the public.

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