Friday, March 20, 2020

The 2020 BH Stomp has been Postponed

The Old Settlers' have held the Stomp and Skamparoo here in Bishop Hill for 24 years under all sorts of conditions - sunny skies, pouring rain, even snow showers! This year though, the coronavirus has called a halt to the footrace.

The Old Settlers extend our sincere wishes to all for continued good health and safe passage in navigating society during the months ahead. As the protocol in dealing with the spread of coronavirus changes, we will modify the way we conduct our business. For now, our monthly meetings have been suspended. The Bishop Hill Stomp has been postponed until all threat of illness has passed. Those who have already applied will receive reimbursement by mail or refunded online.

We look forward to gathering again later this season with a renewed interest in celebrating that which matters most: our friends, our families, and our extraordinary community.

Should you have questions about scheduled events or rentals, please use the contact form to email us. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The 2020 Bishop Hill Stomp Is Coming Soon!

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association 
invites you to the 
25th Annual 
Swedish Stomp & Skamparoo
Saturday, April 25, 2020
This 5k walk/run through scenic Bishop Hill is perfect for participants of all ages and abilities. Tots, six and under can join in the fun at the Skamparoo following the 5k race. Post-race refreshments will be served in the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School and the proceeds will help in its restoration and maintenance. To download and print a race application, click HERE.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Farewell to Lauretta Nordstrom, June 21, 1941 ~ January 29, 2020

It’s been said that the two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. So it is with great sadness that we say farewell to Lauretta Nordstrom, who passed away January 29, 2020. She was a devoted lifetime member and past Secretary of the BHOSA. Her positive outlook and warm smile will be missed by all who knew her. Lauretta spent many years in service to the Bishop Hill community, her neighbors, and her friends. Such dedication inspires others to do the same. In this way her contributions will continue forever.
We wish to share our sympathy and prayers with her husband, Bob, and their son Larry, and daughter, Sue, and their families.
A funeral will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Galva at 10 am on Tuesday, February 4th and a memorial service at the Colony School will follow.
Read the obituary and information here: https://www.ruxfuneralhome.com/obituary/Lauretta-Nordstrom

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Old Settlers' Association is looking for fresh faces & new ideas as we move ahead in 2020

Are you interested in sharing a bit of your time and talent to aid Bishop Hill’s oldest organization in advancing our history and culture? The Old Settlers’ Association is seeking someone to fill the position of Secretary on our Executive Board. Experience is helpful but a willingness to help us maintain and promote our resources for future generations is even more important. On-the-job training gladly provided! Fresh ideas and new faces are always welcome at our monthly meetings held the first Wednesday of the month.

You need not be an Old Settler to apply. Please email, call or text President Randy Anderson at 309-883-9209 or r.j.anderson61419@gmail.com. Your help is needed!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cookie Walk coming 11/29 & 11/30 to the Colony School


Please join us for our annual 

at the Colony School
Fri, Nov 29 and Sat, Nov 30 
9 am to 4 pm
Grab some tasty treats for the holidays! 
Purchase confections by the pound.
This is a fund-raiser for, and sponsored by, 
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association and 
The Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church.

Thank you 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 7:30 am and 8:30 am on Friday (for Methodist Church) and Saturday (for BHOSA). Old Settlers: Please have your Christmas goodies at the school by 8:30 am on Saturday. You can also drop cookies off anytime on Friday before 6:00 pm, but, when delivering on Friday for Saturday's Walk, please add a note indicating they are to be held for Saturday. Kindly include a label with the name of your cookies or candy.


Any Old Settler able to help with this event is asked to email, call or text President Randy Anderson at 309-883-9209 or r.j.anderson61419@gmail.com. Your help is needed!

A special (belated) thanks to Pat Fossberg at Artistic Signs. She swapped our old, damaged Schoolhouse sign with a freshly painted replacement - just in time to welcome guests in for cookies. This talented gal has left her distinctive mark all over this community and we, at the BHOSA, are especially grateful to her for her help and fine work on our project.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Stew in the rain in Bishop Hill

Despite the rain, the Jordbruksdagarna stew pot attracted a hungry crowd this weekend.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the Old Settlers, helpers, friends, and hungry diners who made our 2019 stew-a-thon a success. Our location was moved from the park to a side street and then, due to rain, to the school house. Yet somehow, folks found their way to the familiar kettle that has come to identify this annual event!  As usual, many, many people are responsible for pulling this together but nothing communicates the communal effort better than the photo of Stew-meister, Randy Anderson at the end of Sunday’s cooking marathon.
The pic recalls the unofficial motto of the Postal Service (and Randy’s years as Postmaster) "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
Well done all! You beat the weather and saved the day. As the clouds cleared just before sunset, a rainbow (for the 2nd time this season!) briefly shown above the schoolhouse. It was the perfect punctuation to a day of fabulous food and fellowship. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Old Settlers’ Day 2019

The 123rd Annual 

Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Day
September 14, 2019

This year we are offering a new spin on our annual celebration
We invite the public to the Colony School for 
a special program, refreshments, and fellowship


1pm to 1:45pm - Lawn Concert by the Bishop Hill High Society Band

2pm to 3pm - Special Program
  I. “The Immigrant Trunk” presentation by the Bishop Hill State Historic Site
  II. “Colonists Come Alive” local youths portray Bishop Hill Colonists
  III. Bishop Hill Video Interviews from the B H Heritage Association DVD

3pm  Desert, Coffee, and Fellowship

On Sunday September 15th
The Bishop Hill Colony School Reunion will take place
at the Colony School.