Historic Bishop Hill is hosting a Vintage Baseball Weekend this Saturday and Sunday to honor Bishop Hill’s unique baseball past. On Saturday May 21, three vintage baseball teams will be playing games all day, using 1858 rules and equipment. Hammer & Pick will also be performing 19th century music in the park gazebo. The Steeple Building Museum will have a special vintage baseball exhibit, with program. In addition, there will be a murder mystery dinner theater with a baseball theme Saturday night at P.L. Johnson’s. On Sunday May 22, the Henry County Museum will have a special baseball display and program. Except for the dinner theater, all other events are free and open to the public. For more details, call 309 927-3899, go to www.bishophillheritage.org, or email bhha@mymctc.net. This event is partly funded by the Galesburg Community Foundation and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

Program Schedule for May 21

  • 10:30 a.m. – Vintage Baseball Game; Oregon Ganymedes vs. Somonauk Blue Stockings; Baseball Diamond
  • 1:00 p.m.- Vintage Baseball Game; Oregon Ganymedes vs. Springfield Long Nine; Baseball Diamond
  • 1:30 p.m. – Hammer & Pick performing 19th century music; Village Park Gazebo
  • 2 p.m.- The Scorecard: A Glimpse into Vintage Baseball presentation by Bill Owens; Steeple Building Museum
  • 2:30 p.m.- Vintage Baseball Game; Somonauk Blue Stockings vs. Springfield Long Nine; Baseball Diamond
  • 6 p.m.- Take Me Out at the Ball Game, A Murder Mystery Dinner Party; call 309 927-3064 for more details or to purchase tickets; P.L. Johnson’s Dining Room


Program Schedule for May 22

  • 1:30 p.m.-A Brief History of Baseball and the Players Who Played It presentation by Bill Owens; Henry County Museum