Friday, April 13, 2018

Stomp returns to Bishop Hill on April 28th

race day preparations are already being made 
It's time to STOMP!
This timed 5 K Run/walk is in its 23rd year and keeps growing!
Join us for this event on
held rain or shine... but so much better when it shines
Reserve your spot today by clicking the ad in the column to the right
or click here to download an application to mail.
Don't miss the fun!  

Monday, February 19, 2018

In Memory of BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson

It is with great sadness that we share the obituary of
Cinda Anderson, President of the BHOSA
as reported in the Galva News 

Bishop Hill – Cinda S. Anderson, 67, of rural Bishop Hill, died at 1:28 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22 at the Old Colony School in Bishop Hill. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association or the American Cancer Society.

She was born March 24, 1950 in Silver Creek, NY, the daughter of Donald and Grace (Zodle) Hilliker. She married Robert Anderson on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY. He survives as well as a son, Jeffrey Jones of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, a sister, Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX, a brother, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and three brothers-in-law, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Terri Jo in infancy.

Cinda had graduated from Silver Creek Central School and had attended Alfred University. She had worked at the State Bank of Toulon, Kewanee branch and for Country Companies in Bloomington, IL. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association of which she had been president for a number of years. She was also a member of the Henry County Museum and the Henry County Historical Society, both of which she had served as treasurer. She enjoyed antiquing and serving as a volunteer for many of the Bishop Hill events through out the year.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rent the Colony School for your 2018 event!

Looking for just the right location for your party?

A new ramp has been added to the front entrance of the Bishop Hill Colony School. This feature makes the Schoolhouse an even more attractive venue for any social event and is available to the general public for rent year round - winter, summer, spring or fall.
The rustic charm of this faithfully restored schoolhouse - complete with its bell and blackboards - is the kind of setting that would make any occasion most memorable. Its spacious, modern kitchen makes hosting any catered affair carefree. To reserve a spot for your next soirée, use the contact form at the right or call 309-927-3833 for information.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bishop Hill Christmas Cookie Walk at the Colony School

Grab some tasty treats for the holidays!
Purchase confections by the pound
at our annual

This is a fund-raiser for, and sponsored by,
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association
The Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church
join us at the 
Colony School
Friday, Nov 24 and Saturday, Nov 25
from 9am to 4pm
Special thanks to all our local bakers who make this event a success! We are grateful to you for taking the time to make and donate such a delightful selection of sweets. We ask that they be delivered to the School between 7:30am and 9am on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Colony Stew served at Bishop Hill's Jordbruksdagarna

Come for the Stew; Stay for the fun.
September 23 and 24th 
Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill
In 1972 the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association participated in the first Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) by preparing and serving a Swedish style meal. Each year since then, The Old Settlers have set up their tents and huge black kettle outside to cook this traditional Colony Stew which has, in time, become a festival favorite. Crowds line up for a hearty meal of beef and barley stew, hardtack, and rice pudding.
Many recipes have been passed down through Bishop Hill families and this Colony Beef Stew recipe is a perfect example. It was published in a Heritage cookbook decades ago, attributed to Beverly Spets, longtime resident and former Postmaster. Though it is scaled for a crowd, the proportions are easily converted to make a family sized meal. The original recipe is available at right to download; click the stewpot to print!
Even more fun than being a guest at our many events is being part of the team putting on the show, cooking up the delights, and rolling out the carpet for new friends. The Old Settlers are always happy to add new faces to their ranks. Good news: You don’t have to be old or a settler to hitch up to this group. We welcome anyone who wishes to keep these traditions rolling. Fun and fellowship are free to all interested – just use the email form to contact us. Next year you could stir that stew!
For more details about this event, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Please see the full lineup of the weekend's activities below.

Join us for Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days) 
10am – 5 pm
Saturday, Sept 23 & Sunday, Sept 24
Colony Stew and Rice Pudding
Music: Hammer and Pick - Noon & 2pm
Nordic Dancers - 1pm & 3pm
Children’s Games - 2pm
Sunday only: 
Community Church Service 10am
Forging / Flax Processing / Rope Making / Woodworking / More!
Pumpkins, Mums, Goat Milk Products, Gourds, Popcorn, Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slushies, Antiques, Vintage Wagons, and Primitives
Petting Zoo by the Burns Booster 4-H club
BHHA Food Stand with Svenska Varm Korv, Swedish Hotdogs, and Pork Burgers 11am - 2pm both days
Join the fun at the demonstration area south of the Bjorklund Hotel
Noon-4pm each day. Brick Making / Corn Husk Dolls / Apple Cider Pressing / Corn Shelling / Sorghum Pressing / Cooking / Hard tack baking
Outside Antique Tractors and Equipment Display
Concert by Johan Hohansson 11am Saturday only
Book signing by Lilly Setterdahl 11am to 3pm Saturday only
Open house Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm
Kinfolk Barnfest both days. DIY Colony Photo Booth and a Vintage & Handmade Market
Book signing by Mary Davidsaver 10am – 2-pm. Saturday only
 11am – 4pm. Saturday only with stops at the VASA archives, the Henry County Museum, the Village Park, and the Colony Church

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Celebrate Old Settlers' Day on September 9

For the 121th consecutive year, the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will be celebrating the 171st anniversary of the founding in 1846 of the Bishop Hill Colony on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  The day’s activities include a traditional chicken dinner, band concert, and program. From 11:30 am until 1 pm the traditional Old Settlers’ Day Chicken Dinner will be served at the historic Colony School.  This delicious meal features chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, Swedish rye bread, homemade pie, and good strong coffee. The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert; for kids under 8 years the cost is $5.
In the afternoon activities shift to the Park’s Bandstand.  The Bishop Hill High Society Band will present a 12:30 p.m. concert.  Following the concert the annual program will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Ulla Voss, Sweden.  She will be discussing the connections between Bishop Hill, Illinois and Sweden today.  Paul Collinson will provide the music with songs.  The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church.
The day’s activities will end with a social time at the Colony School.  Coffee and Swedish rusks will be served while guests socialize.
Activities continue on Sunday, September 10, 2017 when the Colony School Reunion will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Colony School.  All former students and who attended the Colony School and all who attended the country schools around Bishop Hill are invited to attend.  Teachers of those schools are also invited.  Bring pictures, memories and stories to share with old classmates, teachers, and friends.  Refreshments will be served.

For additional information on Old Settlers’ Day call 309-927-3044.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This set Galvaland Magazines can be yours

 Add these
to your library

The Galvaland Magazine was published by George Swank every two months from August, 1958, to January, 1996. It consists of 327 issues of approximately 20 pages each. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association has recently acquired a set these original volumes which includes an index and user’s guide.
These survived a house fire in Bishop Hill and are in good, albeit smoky condition. The BHOSA is offering this collection to any person or organization interested in adding a remarkable record of local historical news to their personal library. If you would like to claim them, please email the BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, or call her at 309-927-3044.