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From the Bishop Hill Arts Council

Välkommen (Swedish for welcome) to our 2010 Visitors’ Guide. We hope you will find the guide fun to read and useful during your visit to Bishop Hill and Western Illinois. Stroll tree lined walks to find our charming shops, restaurants, bakery, museums, and lodging. We hope you enjoy your visit to Bishop Hill and Western Illinois. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is a local non-profit organization formed in 1983 and its purpose is to present and promote the arts and artisans that reflect the traditions of Bishop Hill. We sponsor many events and activities throughout the year by presenting visual and performing artists at:

* Quilt Show * Midsommar Music Festival * Jordbruksdagarna Performances * Julmarknad * Lucia Nights * Plus other special events We hope to make your visit and time spent in Bishop Hill memorable, and that our unique history and tradition, both Swedish and American, will bring you back to visit or just to spend the day! The Arts Council also sponsors an annual scholarship to a promising area high school student who wishes to continue education in the arts. The scholarship winner’s high school arts program also receives a donation from the Arts Council. We take pride in supporting the community of Bishop Hill and its organizations with special donations. To help us pay for our programs the Arts Council sponsors fund raising activities including the

annual Quilt Raffle, Chocolate Walk, and Bake Sales. Our programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. We are also supported by area organizations and businesses whose locations you will find on the Bishop Hill map, and whose advertisements are inside the Visitors Guide. We hope that you will support them and let them know that you saw them mentioned in this guide. Planning a day trip? Or even longer? Consider Bishop Hill. Come, relax and enjoy our peaceful quaint little village! For more information on all our events write us or check out our web site at Be sure to visit often! Bishop Hill Arts Council P.O. Box 47 Bishop Hill IL 61419

On the Cover Bishop Hill’s Steeple Building clock tower peaks above the historic roof lines of Bishop Hill. Each season offers something special in Bishop Hill including Midsommar, Jordbruksdagarna and Lucia Nights. For our annual calendar of events see pages 12-13.

Bishop Hill Visitors’ Guide Is published by the Bishop Hill Arts Council in cooperation with The Galva News/ Gatehouse Media Contributing Writers John Anderson Jim and Cheri Campbell Jill DeKeyser Cheryl Dowell Martha Downey Judith Gilbert Jeff Goard Lars Jenner Mike Wendel

Photography Bishop Hill Heritage Association Bishop Hill State Historic Site Jim and Cheri Campbell Jill DeKeyser Judith Gilbert Jeff Goard Jake Gruel Ed Middleton Mike Wendel Sherri Wood Advertising Rachel Hagerman

Congratulations to... Lauren Schroeder, Geneseo High School Recipient of 2009 Bishop Hill Arts Council Krans Scholarship Every year the Bishop Hill Arts Council selects a Henry County high school student to receive a cash scholarship for furthering their education. In addition to the scholarship, the Bishop Hill Arts Council also recognizes the high school from which the winner came with a cash contribution to the school’s art departments. The 2009 winner, Lauren Schroeder, is a descendent of Bishop Hill Colonist Pehr Ericson. He was one of the Colony’s Ox Boys. Interested students can contact Marilyn Nelson, c/o Bishop Hill Arts Council, P.O. Box 47, Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419.

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Often called, “Utopia on the Prairie,� Bishop Hill is recognized both nationally and internationally for its unique heritage. A distinctive blend of Swedish and American cultures makes Bishop Hill a very special place to visit. We invite you to come, explore, and enjoy! A prairie utopia is just what Bishop Hill’s founders planned to establish when they settled on this rich Illinois farmland near the Edwards River in 1846. Led by Eric Janson, the immigrants sailed from Sweden to New York, made their way to Chicago by the Great Lakes, and walked the last 160 miles to Bishop Hill. This sturdy determined group sought religious freedom, an ideal community life, and greater prosperity in the New World.

After the deprivations of their first winter, this agrarian communal society grew and prospered. Their spiritual life flourished until 1850 when their leader, Janson, was murdered. At that time the governing of the Colony was turned over to a board of trustees. By 1861 with dissension among the trustees, accusations of financial mismanagement, and lessening of religious unity, the Bishop Hill Colony was dissolved. In the 15-year history of this religious collective, over a thousand immigrants journeyed from Sweden to join the Colony. It is acknowledged that the Bishop Hill Colony was one of the most significant forces in the later immigration of millions of Swedes and other Scandinavians to the United


States The Colony is still evident in Bishop Hill today in the form of historic buildings and artifacts as well as in its people, many who descend from those original settlers. Included among the artifacts on exhibit is the remarkable painted record of Colony life by Olof Krans. Born in Sweden in 1838, Krans came to the Bishop Hill Colony with his family in 1850. By trade a house painter, he began in later life to paint his remembrances of Bishop Hill Colony life. He is now recognized as one of America’s foremost folk artists. A collection of his work is on display in the Bishop Hill Museum at the south edge of the village. Today the long years of work by area residents, local organizations and the State of Illinois to preserve Bishop Hill’s heritage are

being rewarded. Many Colony buildings as well as those built following the Colony period are open to the public and are occupied by museums, shops, craftsmen, and restaurants. A variety of programs and activities are scheduled throughout the year to help make your visit even more interesting, educational, and enjoyable. Concerts, exhibits, and festivals reflect Bishop Hill’s Swedish heritage and the 19th century American culture that the settlers adopted. A National Historic Landmark ... a local center for crafts ... a tranquil village ... a fun place to bring family and friends — Bishop Hill is all those things and more! We invite you to discover all the possibilities that Bishop Hill offers and discover why you will want to visit us again!

Thank You Illinois Arts Council




Through the years the Bishop Hill Arts Council has been fortunate to receive Ethnic and Folk Arts Program Grants from this state agency. Without the support of the Illinois Arts Council the quality of our programs would be diminished or cancelled. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is very grateful.

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AUTHORS GATHERING 2010 The annual “Gathering of Authors� will come to VagnHall Galleri for the fourth year in a row. The gathering, which will be October 23 and 24, promises to be better than ever as the list of authors is on the rise. Each year the gathering hosts an anchor author who publishes on the bestsellers list. In addition to the anchor, the gallery is filled with up to twenty authors of all levels of notoriety, from the well known to those just publishing for the first time. J.A. Konrath, author of the Jack Daniels Mysteries, “Bloody Mary� and “Whisky Sour� and others was the featured author in 2009. “Many visitors made the trip to Bishop Hill just to have a chance to visit with Mr. Konrath� said Jeffrey Goard, curator of VagnHall Galleri. “I really expected a serious and dark individual with

Konrath, but I found him entertaining and extremely funny,� added Goard. Other authors that joined the gathering ranks were Larry Santoro, Sylvia Shultz, James Durkin, David Younquist, Lilly Setterdahl, Monica Morris, Donnie Light, Ray Paul, Kimberly Krueger, Donna Bessara and others. Notable local crowd pleasing authors were George Olson and Tom Steele. Be sure to not miss the “Gathering of Authors� for 2010. This year’s event will boast a mix of some of the annual favorites as well as some new. Be sure to stay posted to find out who will be the featured author for 2010. Come and visit with the authors, hear them read from their book, join in a workshop and most of all, add a new autographed copy to your collection. It all happens right here in

Meet a variety of authors, have them autograph a book, hear them read excerpts from their work. All this and more at the annual Authors’ Gathering, October 23 and 24. historic Bishop Hill at the Historic Blacksmith Shop in

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Daughter Takes Over Innkeeping Duties at Colony Hospital B&B The population of Bishop Hill increased by one earlier this year when the daughter of The Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast owners Lowell and Judith Gilbert moved home to take over innkeeping duties from her parents. Elspeth Gilbert, 25, moved from Chicago with six years of retail experience including time spent as a brand manager and visual merchandiser. “I am excited about becoming the B&B innkeeper and happy that I can help my parents out. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone in town and meeting all the wonderful guests my parents have been talking about for years,� said

Elspeth. Elspeth’s parents are thrilled to have her join them in Bishop Hill. “With Elspeth taking over as head innkeeper, it’s allowing us to re-open the bed and breakfast on a full-time basis. I know our regular guests are happy to know their favorite B&B will continue to offer “the perfect prescription� for escaping life’s busyness,� stated Judith Gilbert. The Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast has a new website with updated information and an online availability calendar at Reservations can also be made by calling 309-9273506.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall . . . Any time of year’s a good time in Bishop Hill!

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Sustaining Our Culture

4HE#HALLENGEOF #HANGEIN ,IVING#ULTURAL#OMMUNITIES An October symposium explored the issues of sustainability, preservation, landscape, agriculture, and development facing cultural communities here in the Midwest. Experts in these fields from Sweden and the United States helped participants identify tools and techniques to assist their communities in today’s economy. Speakers included Mats Widbom, Cultural Counselor for the Swedish Embassy, Washington D.C.; and GÜran Gudmundsson, Gysinge Center for Building Preservation, Gysinge, Sweden. Serving on the symposium’s planning committee were Honorary Swedish Consul General, Kerstin Lane; Walker C.

Johnson, FAIA, principal of Johnson-Lasky Architects, Chicago; Larry E. Lund, principal in Real Estate Planning Group, Chicago; Ruth Eckdish Knack, AICP, Executive Editor of Planning magazine; Carol J.H. Yetken, founder and principal of CYLA Design Associates Inc. of Oak Park, Illinois; and representatives of Bishop Hill. Funding was provided, in part, by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC, and the Swedish Consulate of Chicago. A special thank you to all who helped make this unique symposium a success.










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Clay and Fiber Festival Celebrates Four Years Clay and Fiber has grown by leaps and bounds in the past three years and the fourth annual event is no different. In addition to the ever popular soup supper where guests choose and keep a handmade ceramic bowl, the event promises to have even more artist vendors and demonstrations. New this year will be corporate sponsorships by Shimpo Industries, makers of fine pottery equipment, and Great Lakes Clay Company, suppliers of pottery products and services. Both companies will add a new level to the already popular event. Other features of the August 14th and 15th event will be fiber arts lessons and demonstrations. This year, parts of the fiber portions will relocate to the Bishop Hill State Historic Site Park. See spinners and other fiber artists under the park canopy while broom making and weaving will remain inside the Prairie Arts Center. Along with the Clay and Fiber Festival, guests During the Clay and Fiber Festival a competition is held to can enjoy the Pie and Ice Cream Social in the park. determine who can form a pot the fastest. Here the potters Get a slice of homemade pie and a helping of ice are busy and rapidly working on their pots, hoping to be cream while enjoying shade and live entertainment. the winner. Save August 14 and 15 on your calendar and This portion of the weekend is sponsored by the come to Bishop Hill to enjoy this family event. Bishop Hill Heritage Association. . dinner. This year, the soup supper will be moved to the Filling One of the most popular parts of the event is the soup supper. Folks can pick a handmade bowl donated by Station Restaurant for an outdoor evening event. Listen to one of the participating potters. Fill the bowl with homemade music and see the results of the fine art exhibit winners. soup. Bread from the Colony Bakery, crackers, soft drink and cookie make the meal complete. Get tickets early, it’s a sellout "ISHOP(ILL2IGHTINTHE-IDDLE


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Bishop Hill’s annual Quilt Show features demonstrations on a variety of quilting techniques. Mark May 14, 15, and 16 on your calendar for this year’s show. For additional information call 309-927-3851. This event is cosponsored with the Prairie Queen Quilt Club.


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Over 100 quilted entries are on exhibit at Bishop Hill’s annual Quilt Show. This year’s theme is Spools, Stars, and Sunflowers. Categories include antique, patchwork, applique, miniature and more. There will also be a special quilt exhibit at VagnHall Galleri of notable quilter, Patricia Hobbs. Hobbs is also a published quilting author.

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Valborg Spring Festival The Swedish tradition of lighting a large bonfire to welcome spring, Valborgmässoafton, takes place every year on the eve of May 1st, giving people a chance to get rid of their Christmas trees and deadwood fallen during winter storms. The bright fire, folk theatrics, singing, campfire food, and a spring speech by an elder in every village, signals for humans the same unfettered joy that cattle feel when first let out to pasture in the spring. Everyone is welcome at this fun family event, hosted by the Vasa National Archives, 109 S. Bishop Hill Street, Friday, April 30th, 6-9 p.m. For more information, contact us at 309927-3898 or

During the Bishop Hill Valborg, we pit fire ceramics made by Colony Potter, Jeffrey Goard.


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Quilt Rae Winner — Congratulations!! And the Winner is . . . Each year the Bishop Hill Arts Council raffles a quilt that was originally hand crafted in Kalona, Iowa. The winner of the Amish made quilt is drawn during the annual Saint Lucia Nights festival. Money from the raffle goes to fund events, marketing, programs and the Bishop Hill Arts Council Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an area high school student who wishes to major in the arts. The winner of the 2009 Timberline Log Cabin quilt was Shirley Tate of Rock Falls. “I’m going to use the quilt on my own bed at home to keep warmâ€? explained Tate. The Rock Falls winner is a quilter herself. Tate does all her quilts by hand. Some quilts take five to six years to complete. Congratulations Shirley!

Shirley Tate of Rock Falls shows her excitement at being the winner of the 2009 Bishop Hill Arts Council Quilt Raffle.

Antique Car Show July 25

Antique and classic cars will come to town on Sunday, July 25, for the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ annual Antique Car Show. Registration for the show begins at 9 a.m. at the Colony School. Judging is by the participants, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Trophies are presented at 3 p.m. in the Park. Proceeds from this show support the preservation of the Colony School building.

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A wonderful time was had by all at the Midwest Folk Festival last August in the Village Park. This outdoor festival, sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, celebrated diverse cultures and folk artists of the Midwestern states which border the Mississippi River (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). We were very fortunate to once again be able to host the event here in Bishop Hill. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is to be commended for leading the effort to have our village serve as the host. The Midwest Folk Festival was sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association and Company of Folk, in cooperation with the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Arts Council, the Iowa Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board. The event was also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. We are truly thankful to all who Quad Cities Ballet made the festival a reality. Folklorico




Taiko Drummers and The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico performed during the 2009 Midwest Folk Festival hosted by Bishop Hill and sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council.

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Chocolate Walk is a highlight of Julmarknad Julmarknad - it’s time for homemade holiday cookies and chocolate! An amazing array of delicious

sweets made by Bishop Hill’s best using their favorite recipes are available for you to purchase.


Pecan Turtle Bars Crust: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup whole pecan halves Combine flour, butter and brown sugar. Mix at medium speed until well mixed, approx. 2-3 minutes. Press firmly into 13x9x2 ungreased pan. Sprinkle pecans over unbaked crust

Ymmmm, chocolate! That is what you will find if you come to the Steeple Building on Dec. 4th and 5th. The best bakers and candy makers will have their delicacies on sale to benefit the Bishop Hill Arts Council. It is fun to choose from the vast selection. The chocolate can be purchased by the ounce or pound. If a moment’s refreshment is what you seek, you can sit and visit with family or friends. Pick your chocolate treat and have a cup of coffee. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association kindly provides this respite and donations go to the Association’s fund for building restoration. Can’t wait for Julmarknad, try these recipes. Enjoy!

Lucias greet visitors to shops, restaurants and museums during Lucia Nights. Kassidy Cooper, shown here, greets visitors with her charming smile.

Caramel Layer: 2/3 cup butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup chocolate chips In a 1 qt. saucepan combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until entire surface of mix begins to boil. Pour over crust layer. Bake in center of 350° oven for 18-22 minutes or until caramel layer is bubbly and crust golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Allow to melt slightly and swirl chips as they melt. Cool completely and cut in bars.

Home baked treats are available during the annual Julmarknad. Our community’s bakers are busy preparing their best holiday cookies and chocolate goodies. Here, visitors are selecting from a large array of chocolate items — cookies, candies and more. The Chocolate Walk will be Dec. 4 and 5 at the Steeple Building.


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Join us for the Cookie Walk COOKIE WALK NOVEMBER 26 & 27 The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association’s annual Cookie Walk is a highlight of the Julmarknad activities held each year the days following Thanksgiving. This is just one of the fund raising projects put on by the oldest organization in our village. The Old Settlers’ are responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the Colony School. Over the years it has served not only to generate funds, but also has allowed the Old Settlers’ to showcase the historic brick schoolhouse on the west end of Bishop Hill’s Main Street. When you enter the Colony School your eyes will feast on a wide assortment of delectable home baked cookies and candy. These are displayed to entice their purchase by the pound. And the best part is you choose from among the decorated delectable dozens and dozens of cookies. You’ll also be able to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or spiced cider. You may also find the BHOSA Gear — our sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, etc. to be a perfect gift. Won’t you treat yourself to a sweet experience and join us for a Cookie Walk?

Cream Cheese Brownies 4 oz. German sweet chocolate 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 5 Tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 oz. cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour 3 eggs 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 Tablespoon flour 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Melt chocolate with 3 tablespoons butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool. Cream remaining butter with cheese. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar; cream well after each addition. Blend in 1 egg, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside. Beat 2 eggs until thick and light in color. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until thickened. Add baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup flour. Blend in chocolate mixture, nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Spread about half in a greased 8 or 9 inch prepared square pan. Spread cheese mixture over top; spoon on remaining chocolate batter. Zigzag through batters with spatula to marble. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool; then cut. Makes 16-20. Roaming the village throughout Julmarknad are tomtar. These mischievous folk characters are considered lucky. Julmarknad will be held Nov. 26, 27,28 and Dec. 4 and 5.

This talented group of home schooled high schoolers perform annually at Bishop Hill’s Lucia Nights’ festival. Shirley Salazar conducts the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale. This group makes Lucia Nights the perfect holiday tradition for you and your family. Dec. 10 and 11 are the dates for 2010’s Lucia Nights.

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March 27-28

*SPRING JUBILEE Enjoy coffee and cookies in shops and museums as historic Bishop Hill opens for the season. Discover what is new. Delight in the familiar. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (2011 Dates: April 2-3)

April 24 SWEDISH STOMP AND SKAMPEROO 5K run/walk through historic Bishop Hill. 9 a.m. Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Assoc. (2011 Date: April 23) TOWN WIDE MERCHANT AND YARD SALES A day of residential yard sales and merchant sidewalk sales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 309-927-3008

April 30 VALBORG BONFIRE Traditional Swedish spring welcome with songs/speech and bonfire. Fun for the whole family! Wiener-roast, coffee, hot chocolate. 6 p.m. 309-927-3898 Vasa Order of America National Archives (2011 Date: April 30)

May 14, 15, 16 *QUILT SHOW SPOOLS, STARS, AND SUNFLOWERS Area quilters exhibit their work at the Colony School. Antique, appliquĂŠ, patchwork, miniature, and other categories. Admission $3. Special quilt exhibit at VagnHall Galleri. May 15-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Co-sponsored with Prairie Queen Quilt Club 309-927-3851 (2011 Dates: May 13,14,15)

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HONOR FLIGHT BENEFIT Patriotic music sing along. Military memorabilia. Live auction. Rib Dinner. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Begins 3 p.m. in the Park. Organized by the Filling Station. 309-927-3355

June 26 *MIDSOMMAR MIDSOMMAR MUSIC FESTIVAL Music fun for the entire family. Workshops and Jamming. Main Stage Concerts: TBA 4 p.m.-Decorating Maypole & Procession to School MIDSOMMAR CELEBRATION 4 p.m. at Colony School. Music and Fun Family Activities, Maypole, Swedish Music and Dancing, Refreshments. 7 p.m.-Barn Dance Co-sponsored with the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, Vasa Order of America National Archives, Bishop Hill Heritage Assoc., Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Assoc., Bishop Hill State Historic Site. (2011 Date: June 25)

July 10 20th ANNUAL COUNTRY ANTIQUE MARKET Quality antiques (early country, primitives, folk art, pottery, textiles) on lawn of Colony School. Admission $5. Proceeds to benefit Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Fire Dept. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Promoted by Bishop Hill Colony Bakery (Jim & Cheri Campbell) 309-927-3042 or 309-927-3037 (2011 Date: July 9)

July 25 ANTIQUE CAR SHOW Antique and classic car show. 9 a.m.-Noon: Registration Noon-1:30 p.m.: Judging 3 p.m.: Awards 309-927-3044 Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Assoc. (2011 Date: July 24)

August 14-15 CLAY AND FIBER FEST Pottery workshop. Demonstrations of pottery styles, spinning, weaving, and broom making. Hands-on activities include weaving and spinning. Soup Supper the 14th. VagnHall Galleri Special Exhibit and Contest. Hosted by the Prairie Arts Center. 309-927-3008 (2011 Dates: Aug. 13-14)

August 14 PIE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Village park. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 309-927-3596


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OLD SETTLERS’ DAY Celebration of the 164th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 114th year of the Old Settlers’ Association. 11:30 a.m.: Traditional Chicken Dinner 12:30 p.m.: High Society Band Concert 1:30 p.m.: Program-featuring as speakers Bishop Hill Colony Descendents 309-927-3044 Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Assoc. (2011 Date: September 10)

September 12 COLONY SCHOOL REUNION Reunion of students and teachers from the Bishop Hill Colony School and area country schools. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 309-927-3044 Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Assoc. (2011 Date: September 11)

September 25-26 JORDBRUKSDAGARNA Agriculture Days. Celebrating Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, vintage base ball, and Colony stew. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (2011 Dates: September 24-25)

October 23-24 A GATHERING OF AUTHORS Meet a variety of Midwest authors. Genre includes fiction, suspense, historic, children and more. Authors sell and sign their books and read selected passages from their work. Colony Blacksmith Shop, VagnHall Galleri. 815-646-4748, 309-927-3008 or 309-927-3899. (2011 Dates: October 22-23)

Bishop Hill ~ Where the past lives on in the future ... through memories made by visits today

HOLIDAY SEASON Special memories can be made throughout the holiday season.

November 26, 27, 28 *JULMARKNAD Christmas Market. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roaming the village. Special Music, Swedish food specialties, Abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Christmas Cookie Walk, November 26, 27 Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community’s bakers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (2011 Dates: November 25-27, December 3-4)

December 4-5

December 10-11

*JULMARKNAD Christmas Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditionally decorated shops and museums. Encounter Swedish folk characters roaming the village. Special Music, Swedish foods, unique gifts, and more. Chocolate Walk at Steeple Building. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment.

*LUCIA NIGHTS Festival of Lights. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. “Lucias� serve coffee and sweets in museums and shops. Special music at various village locations. Performers include the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale (2011 Dates: December 9-10)

Information for regional lodging and attractions can be obtained by contacting the Henry County Tourism Bureau, or 877-436-7926

Additional information — phone 309-927-3345 unless otherwise noted. TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES ESPECIALLY FOR THE 2011 EVENTS.

Programs of the Bishop Hill Arts Council are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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JillyAnn’s ... A Fairy Tale Come True #Z+*--%&,&:4&3 JillyAnn’s opened shop in November of 2009. But for me it was far more than a new shop in Bishop Hill. Opening JillyAnn’s was a fairy tale come true, so it is only appropriate that this story starts with “Once Upon a Time...” Once Upon A Time, last fall to be exact, my husband and I were visiting Bishop Hill and discovered my favorite little house was for sale. I was so drawn to it that day that I kept wandering back to the house. I had no idea how but knew I had to take the chance and make my dream of owning my very own gift shop come true. We purchased the house in October and opened shop in November. This undertaking was a family affair. The “A Team,” our parents and children came to the rescue. Paint brushes were flying! We opened Thanksgiving weekend. By weekend, Greg and I are now shopkeepers, but during the week Greg is a firefighter for the City of Moline and I am the SVP, Director of Human Resources for QCR Holdings and Quad City Bank & Trust in Moline. My dream came true slightly earlier than I had planned, but opportunities don’t always happen as planned.

We have four beautiful children who encouraged us and helped us get ready for opening day. Our 7-year-old granddaughter, Madison, was the perfect Lucia Girl and loves being part of JillyAnn’s. So you see, it all came together. Greg and I have long been in love with Bishop Hill. We are both natives of Kewanee and now live in Orion. As a child, my dad Jerry Shinkevich played softball in Bishop Hill while my mother and I played in the park. Greg’s grandmother, Edna Cassidy, sold her crochet work in Bishop Hill and his grandfather, Leo Cassidy, was a regular at P.L. Johnson’s. Bishop Hill has always been a place that inspired us to develop our own crafts. Greg is a master woodworker and dabbles in pottery. His friend and mentor is Bishop Hill’s own resident potter, Jeff Goard. I have rekindled my love of watercolor painting. My mother encouraged creativity in her daughters and I loved to draw and paint. I would sketch funny characters for my children but put aside my thoughts of painting and drawing until my 50th birthday, when my husband gave me an easel and paints. That was three years ago and

Jill and Greg DeKeyser opened JillyAnn’s last November. Stop in to see the antiques, art, and crafts that this shop offers.

I am forever grateful for that gift. My artwork is a work in progress but I enjoy every minute spent painting. Greg and I both are antique collectors. I love the connection to my family’s past and we both enjoy the thrill of the hunt. When you visit J i l l y A n n ’s , you will find our favorite things ... handcrafted works of art and antiques. The DeKeyser’s granddaughter, We are Madison, is Lucia during Bishop still amazed we own a Hill’s annual Lucia Nights Festival. in Wisconsin, baskets hand significant piece of history in Bishop woven in Minnesota, and the Hill. What is now JillyAnn’s jewelry is handcrafted one was once the home of Peter piece at a time. One of my favorite crafter Johnson and his family, who played a part in the Bishop stories is our hand-painted Hill Colony. The home was glassware gal. She tells that built in 1870 and we are when she was a little girl she working to learn more of was asked her favorite color. the home’s story and the Everyone else said red, green people who lived there. The or blue. She said purple and windows are original and knew then she wanted to do show craftsmanship of the something creative in life. past. On a windy day you can She worked in the corporate hear the pine trees whistle arena for years and finally upstairs. The home has so said enough. She hand paints much character and charm. beautiful glassware that you We are excited to be part of will enjoy. We rent out space the community and to be able to other dealers so we are to play a part in the future of a bit eclectic in the variety of antiques and the “new to Bishop Hill. We are trying to emulate you” items. Our hours are Wednesdaythe spirit of Bishop Hill by focusing on handcrafted Thursday by chance or works of art made in appointment (at least for America. We’ve met so many now), Friday-Saturday 11-4, unique crafters in our search Sunday 12-4. We are open for artwork to carry in the April to mid-December. We are looking forward shop. We first seek out their story. Why they do what they to 2010 and being part of do? What they love about such a warm, welcoming it? Candles are hand poured community like Bishop Hill.


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Bishop Hill Emporium Shop Opens in the Colony Hospital B&B A new shop, the Bishop Hill Emporium, will be open to the public in The Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast. The shop features a varied selection of artists’ works and handcrafted artisan wares from Henry County and Illinois, many one-ofa-kind items. “We enjoy supporting and promoting artists and artisans. It’s so much nicer to buy a gift that has been made by someone’s hands and imagination,� stated Emporium owner Judith Gilbert. Featured are prints and note cards of watercolors painted by Colleen Kaye Collins and delicate wood Christmas and Bishop Hill ornaments and other

engraved wood items from Harry Wilkinson. Also available are fashionable and unique ladies’ scarves in brilliant colors by Carolyn Stenzel, one-of-a-kind flower photo gift cards of Jan Hagan, exquisite wooden bowls fashioned by Warren Hadley, beautiful Henry County landscape photos from Jerry Hahn and transparent watercolors by Karen Vroman. Award winning books written by Illinois authors Sylvia Shults and Joseph Higgins, crocheted face cloths by Cindy Wilkinson, a few antiques, collectibles and gifts plus coffee and gourmet scone mix served exclusively at the Colony Hospital Bed

and Breakfast are also for sale. Regular shop hours of the Bishop Hill Emporium will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

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3WEET!NNIES 0RIMITIVES A passion for primitive antiques was the inspiration for three friends to join together to create a new business in Bishop Hill. Sweet Annie’s Primitives opened on May 13, 2009. Cheri Campbell, Sue Anderson (both of Bishop Hill) and Eileen Verbeck of Kewanee are partners in the new venture. All three women have had their own antique shops in years past. Sweet Annie’s specializes in primitives. American antique furniture with old paint and original surfaces combined with folk art, textiles, oil paintings, stoneware, yelloware, ironstone, quilts, garden accents, hand poured candles, dried flower arrangements and a few hand-crafted gifts create an interesting and warm atmosphere. Sweet Annie’s Primitives is located at 201 W. Main in Bishop Hill, south of the park and east of the Bjorklund Hotel. It is also the home of Cheri & Jim Campbell who live above the shop on the top floor. It is a wonderful experience to see the antiques in a home setting. Also, feel free to explore the yard and gardens surrounding Sweet Annie’s (you might even see some chickens in the back yard). Stop by Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 to 4 to see what is different in Sweet Annie’s. It is another one of the many things to see in our wonderful little village! Don’t forget to join us for the 20th Annual Country Antique Market on Saturday, July 10, at the old Colony School. This is a must-see event for any serious antique enthusiast. Sweet Annie’s and the Bishop Hill Bakery are promoters and sponsors of the Antique Market.

To Advertise in the 2011 Bishop Hill Visitors Guide, call Rachel Hagerman at (309) 932-2103 or (309) 852-2181

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Bishop Hill to Host Honor Flight Benefit Last year the community of Bishop Hill rallied together to raise more than $8,000 for the Quad Cities chapter of the Honor Flight Network. The mission of this group is to fly America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Providing a free trip to visit their memorial, seems a small way to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our country. Priority for these flights is given to survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.

On Sunday, June 13, Bishop Hill will host a second Honor Flight benefit. Activities being planned include a live auction and an exhibit of military memorabilia provided by our local veterans. A sing along of patriotic music with accompanying photographs is also in the works. The benefit will also feature a barbecued rib dinner. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. All activities will be in the Park. This event is being organized by the Filling Station. If you wish to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information, call 309-927-3355.

Bishop Hill’s own Curtis Hawkins and band perform during the 2009 Honor Flight Benefit. Bishop Hill will host a second Honor Flight benefit in 2010.

The flags were flying in full force when the remarkable Patriot Guard Riders came to town for the 2009 Honor Flight Benefit. June 13 will be the date of this year’s Honor Flight Benefit.





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20th Annual Bishop Hill Country Antique Market The 20th annual antique show and sale will be at the Old Colony School in Historic Bishop Hill, Illinois, on Saturday July 10, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is only $5. Proceeds from the 2010 Bishop Hill Antique Market are earmarked for the local volunteer fire department in appreciation of their hard work and dedication. This popular country antique market features 60 of the finest antique dealers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma. A great selection of primitive antiques, folk art, early country, textiles, stoneware, baskets and more will be available during this one-day market. Bring the whole family, breakfast and lunch are avail-

able. Live music by Mike Wallace of Moline is a great addition to what is a very festive country atmosphere. This antique market is a rain or shine event. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to

explore for antiques at one of the best shows of the season. The Bishop Hill 20th Annual Country Antique Market at the Old Colony School, Bishop Hill, Henry County, Illinois, is promoted

by the Bishop Hill Colony Bakery and Sweet Annie’s Primitives. For further information call Jim and Cheri Campbell at 309-927-3037 or visit

Enjoy a summer Saturday at the 20th Annual Country Antique Market July 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shop this 1853 General Store for a unique mix of the past and present. Browse a large selection of food and gifts from Sweden and America. Offering such items as: • Fudge • Hand Dipped Chocolates • Gourmet Coffee & Tea • Canned Pop • Bottled Water • Marion Heath Greeting Cards • Dover Books • Carl Larson Prints

Swedish Items: • Ornaments • Pewter Jewelry • Dala Horses • Tomtes • Herring • Lingonberries

• Cloudberries • Dinnerware • Cheese • Crisp Bread • Books • Cookies • Language Tapes

All proceeds from sales support the continued restoration and development of historic BHHA buildings.

Open Jan. - March 10 - 4 ~ April-Dec. 10-5 www.bishophillcom or


5.+./7."54./4&/2'/44%. !.%7-%-/2)!,)3%2%#4%$ Winters on the Illinois prairie are always long, dark and can be brutally cold. The winter of 1846 was particularly hard for a group of weakened immigrants who had just traveled thousands of miles by sea and land to reach their new home. Makeshift shelters consisting of tents, log huts and dugouts were erected just before the first snow arrived. They were generally inadequate, damp and over crowded. These were the conditions that provide ideal breeding grounds for respiratory illness. Their food provisions were also inadequate, they were very basic, and in limited supply. To make matters worse, the system became totally overloaded when several additional groups of unplanned settlers arrived. Food rationing was instituted and malnutrition set in. Death ran rampant. There was no saw mill, and no lumber, therefore there were no coffins. Handcarts and wagons hauled bodies up a muddy road to a knoll on the east edge of town. Mass graves became the final resting place for several hundred new immigrants in Bishop Hill. Also histories tell us that an additional 50 settlers died at the remote Red Oak Grove outpost site

west of town. There are no records to tell us who or how many were lost that first winter. When winter ended, the spring sun and prairie flowers signaled better times ahead. Life went on and the hardy settlers planted crops, started construction of new buildings and began the manufacture of saleable products. Good times had arrived, the dream was coming true. Then in July 1849 the grim reaper made a return visit. Several new Norwegian immigrants brought Asiatic Cholera to the Colony. The communal colony ate, worked, worshiped and generally lived together. This was the environment needed to spread this highly communicable disease. Once again death came rapidly and to many. In many cases the end was swift, people would be well at breakfast but gone by sundown. People tried to escape. The spiritual leader moved his family to the Colony fishing camp at Rock Island, but to no avail, his wife and two children died. Several members went to the farming outpost near Orion called La Grange where about 70 perished. When the plague had run its course it had taken about 150 members from the Bishop Hill group.


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On a beautiful September day, the Old Settlers’ unveiled the new memorial to those who rest in unmarked graves in the Bishop Hill Cemetery. John Anderson, Cheryl Dowell and Linda Spring did the honors. Again most were placed in mass graves without coffins, without markers and in some cases without services. In post-Colony times the cemetery served as the main burial place for Colony members and their descendants. Many had prospered and they erected magnificent markers with their family names proudly emboldened in marble or granite. There was another group however that lived out meager lives in Colony apartment rooms and died with no resources. They were laid to rest in an area on the northeast side of the cemetery, again in unmarked graves. In later years this area was commonly referred to as “potters field.� As the years passed, the cemetery fell into disrepair. Aged trees died, brush grew, and trash accumulated. Weathered grave stones fell over, broke, and sunk into the sod. Then a group of volunteers lead by the late Wayne Johnson and

the Village Board members stepped forward to remove trees, cut brush, plant trees, remove dirt piles and start new grass. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association (BHOSA) agreed to fund the restoration, repair, and straightening of old markers. It made a very significant difference. While all this activity was in progress, Linda Spring suggested that a memorial was needed to remember the three groups of unknown residents that rest in the unmarked areas. BHOSA again agreed to fund the project, a committee was formed. A large fieldstone with a bronze plaque was selected. It reflects the ruggedness of the original pioneers. It was dedicated at the 2009 annual Old Settlers’ Day meeting. Unknown souls have now been remembered, even if it is 163 years later. Make a visit to the memorial, you will be impressed!


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These businesses and institutions have given significant contributions, beyond membership, to the Bishop Hill Arts Council. Please support them while you are enjoying historic Bishop Hill.


RESTAURANTS P.L. Johnson’s Dining Room* Exceptional Food, Delicious Desserts. Available for Any Special Occasion. Lunches Beginning at Daily 11 a.m. BAKERY 309-927-3885 Bishop Hill Colony Bakery Pastries, Coffeecakes, Pies, Cinnamon Rolls, #18 on Map. Breads, and More!!!. The Red Oak Comfort Food and Pie Company* Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Serving Swedish Specialty Food for over 37 Years. 309-927-3042 Starting Daily at 11 a.m. 309-927-3539 #2 on Map #7 on Map. LODGING The Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast SHOPS Antique, Arts, and Gifts-Bishop Hill Fine Arts ... The perfect prescription. Come and savor the Antiques, Primitives, Collectibles, serenity for yourself! Gifts and more. April-December. April-Dec. 110 N. Olson St. • 309-927-3506 Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. #16 on Map Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Bishop Hill Fine Arts-Loft Guest Apartment 309-927-3014 Family Friendly, Sleeps 5. #19 on Map 1851 Historical Bldg. Bishop Hill Colony Store* Open Year Round. Scandinavian Foods, Books, Crafts. 109 N. Bishop Hill St. Gifts and Sweets. Reservation Number: 309-507-2284 Daily: April-Dec., 10-5 #28 on Map Jan.-March, 10-4 MUSEUMS 309-927-3596 Steeple Building* #8 on Map. • Bishop Hill Heritage Museum Bishop Hill Fine Arts Information, Exhibits, Tours. Antiques,Gifts, Jewelry, and More. Daily: April-Oct., 10-5, Sun. 12-5 Open April-Dec. Nov.-Dec., 10-4, Sun. 12-4 Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 309-927-3899 Sun., Noon-5 p.m. http:/ #1 on Map. 309-927-3020 Bishop Hill State Historic Site* #28 on Map Wed.-Sun.: March-Oct., 9-5 The Bishop Hill Gallery, Artwork & Custom Nov.-Feb., 9-4 Framing 309-927-3345 Featuring Carl Larsson, Olof Krans, and local artists. • Bishop Hill Museum* April-Mid-Dec. Information, Krans Collection, Video. Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. #5 on Map. Sun., Noon-4 p.m. • Bjorklund Hotel* (309) 927-3080 Restored Colony Hotel, Information. #11 on Map. • Colony Church* #9 on Map Information, Exhibits, Restored Building. The Feathered Nest at Windy Corner #20 on Map. Egg Art, Florals, Silhouettes, Henry County Historical Museum Jewelry and Collectibles. Hours Vary. Historic Artifacts of Henry County. 309-927-3033 Daily: May 1-Oct. 31, 10-4 #15 on Map 309-927-3528 JillyAnn’s Gift Galleria #13 on Map. Handcrafted Works of Art and Antiques. Vasa Order of America* Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. Noon-4 p.m. •National Archives Building 309-927-3130 or 563-343-7405 Swedish Genealogy and Immigration Museum Displays. #6 on Map Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., Noon-5 Outsider Gallery 309-927-3898 The Shocking Amazing Art. #4 on Map. Jewelry, Glass Sculpture. Most museums, shops, and restaurants are open daily 309-927-3314 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Between Christmas and March some establishments have limited hours. Call ahead to confirm hours. Unless noted, for additional information-309-927#25 on Map 3345 or 309-927-3899

P.L.’s Attic • DeWolfe’s Collectibles Books, Collectibles, Books, Old Jewelry, Books, Treasures. 309-927-3885 #18 on Map. P.L. Johnson’s Gifts Browse our quaint gift shop. Enjoy a delicious lunch Open Daily 10 a.m. 309-927-3885 #18 on Map Peasant Works/Barn Storm Ironworks Barnfull of Earthy Delights. Blacksmith, Basket and Soapmakers. Tuesdays by chance. Wed.-Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 309-927-3061 #26 on Map. Prairie Arts Center* Handmade Fiber Arts, Pottery, Brooms, Gifts. Demonstrations. Open All Year. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Noon-5 p.m. 309-927-3008 #27 on the Map. Sugar “N” Spice Made By Hand Wood, Wool, Old Linens, Glass, Books, Tea, Jam, Puzzles. 309-927-3818 #3 on Map. True Creations* Delightful Handcrafted Items that are Created Locally. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Mondays Seasonally 309-269-2733 #17 on Map VagnHall Galleri Selling Fine Original Art. Meeting and Event Space Available. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Noon-5 p.m. 309-927-3008 #27 on Map Village Smithy* Quilts, Quilting Supplies, Collectibles. Custom Machine Quilting. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Noon-5 p.m. 309-927-3851 #23 on Map. RECEPTION, MEETING, PARTY RENTAL FACILITY Colony School* Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association Charming, Historic Interior. Seats 100, A.C., Full Kitchen. 309-927-3833 #14 on Map. *Handicapped Accessible

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DIRECTORY BAKERY 2. Bishop Hill Colony Bakery LODGING 16. Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast Located in the Colony Hospital Building 28. Loft Guest Apartment Located in the Colony Carpenter Shop MUSEUMS 1. Steeple Building* Bishop Hill Heritage Museum 4. Vasa Order of America National Archives* 5. Bishop Hill Museum* State Historic Site 11. Colony Hotel* State Historic Site 13. Henry County Historical Museum 20. Colony Church* State Historic Site

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RESTAURANTS 7. The Red Oak Luncheonbord* 18. P. L. Johnson’s Dining Room* SHOPS 3. Sugar ‘N’ Spice 6. JillyAnn’s 8. Bishop Hill Colony Store* 9. Bishop Hill Gallery, Artwork & Custom Framing Located in the Colony Administration Building 15. The Feathered Nest at Windy Corner 17. True Creations 18. P.L.’s Attic 18. P.L. Johnson’s Gifts 19. Antiques, Art and Gifts 23. Village Smithy* 25. Outsider Gallery 26. Peasant Works/Barn Storm Forge 27. Prairie Arts Center* Located in the Colony Blacksmith Shop* 27. VagnHall Galleri Located in the Colony Blacksmith Shop Free Bishop Hill Information available at all businesses and museum

28. Bishop Hill Fine Arts Located in the Colony Carpenter Shop RECEPTION, MEETING, RENTAL FACILITY 14. Colony School* VISITOR SERVICES 5. Public Restrooms* 12. Public Restrooms* 21. Public Restrooms* 28. U.S. Post Office* Located in the Colony Carpenter Shop 29. Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church* OTHER 10. Colony Apartment Building NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 22. Bishop Hill Community Fire Protection Building 24. Colony Dairy Building *Handicap-accessible





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