Another Christmas gift idea is the latest book on folk artist Olof Krans. The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014 is a comprehensive survey of Krans’ work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. Before Olof Krans became a famous folk artist, he was also a member of Company D, Illinois 57th Infantry and fought in the early part of the Civil War. This fully illustrated hardcover book is available for purchase at the Colony Store. Call the Store at 309 927-3596 for more details.