Thursday, July 29, 2021

August BOSHA Members Meeting on 8-11-2021


Calling all BHOSA Members

Please plan to attend our next monthly meeting at the Colony School 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 6:00 pm

On the agenda will be Committee Reports and a special Nominating Committee will be formed to recruit qualified candidates for the Board of Directors Election in September. We will finalize plans for Old Settles’ Day and the Parade. An important change to our By-laws, previously voted on by the Board of Directors and Members, will be presented and formally adopted by Resolution at this meeting. Your vote counts. The changes to the By-laws reflect our efforts to streamline the document, allowing the Board to better serve its members, maintain our assets, and meet the needs of the Bishop Hill community. Review a copy of the revised By-laws HERE.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Our Pop-up Store is open with new items!


Check out our latest Pop-up store
HERE. The BHOSA has added a new Swedish DNA logo to our line of shirts and accessories available online for a limited time in a Pop-up Store in partnership with Breedlove’s Sporting Goods. These items can be ordered anytime up until midnight, August 8th. The selection includes a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes with an option to select one of our BHOSA logo designs. This selection includes baby and youth-sized items and cooler weather sweatshirts. 

The profits from the sale of BHOSA merchandise help us preserve and maintain the Colony School.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Bishop Hill Car Show returns April 25th

Bishop Hill Old Settlers’
26th Annual Car Show 
Sunday, July 25

Please join us in historic Bishop Hill for a day of automotive fun. Registration is 9 am-11:30 am. The entry fee is still only $10.00. Participants judge the entries from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  Trophies for the 20 classes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine, and Best of Show, will be presented at 3 pm in the Bishop Hill Village Park.


The classes are Street Rod, Street Machine 49-69, Street Machine 70-up, Trucks, 4x4 Trucks, Antique Pre-32, Antique 32-48, Original 49-59, Original 60-69, Original 70-79, Original 80-89, Original 90-99, Original 2000 and up, Corvette, Mustang, 55-56-57, Custom, Special Interest, Kids Class (Under 21), and Muscle Car.  Trophies will be awarded in each class.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.  

Proceeds from this show go to the restoration and preservation of the Bishop Hill Colony School completed in 1861.  It was the last major structure built before the dissolution of the Bishop Hill Colony (1846-1861). The Colony School, available for rental, is the headquarters of the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association.

For more information call 309-927-3345 or 309-525-5665
Click here to download an application


 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Online POP-up Store Now Open!


Click HERE to check out our first pop-up store!

The BHOSA is excited to offer a new line of shirts and accessories available online for a limited time in a Pop-up Store in partnership with Breedlove’s Sporting Goods. These shirts can be ordered anytime up until midnight, July 11th. The selection includes a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes with an option to select one of our BHOSA logo designs. This is the first of many pop-up stores planned for 2021, our anniversary year. 

The profits from the sale of BHOSA merchandise help us preserve and maintain the Colony School. 


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Join the Parade on September 11th, 2021

Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 125th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association. The 2021 BHOSA Parade will be held Saturday, September 11th at 10:00 am. 

As always, the parade will feature the Old Settlers’
original 1929 Chevy firetruck.
The  Celebration will begin with the parade through Bishop Hill and the Old Settlers' Association is seeking entries. Large floats and small floats, pulled by horses, tractors, and trucks are all needed.


Marching bands, antique cars, and antique tractors are also welcome to participate. There are no entry fees. If you want to join in the fun please call BHOSA President, Randy Anderson, at 309-883-9209 or download an application here.
Come early; reserve your spot on the sidelines!







Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Louie Nelson, 1927 - 2021; he will be missed


Lewis (Louie) Nelson passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. He was a devoted lifelong member of the BHOSA. His wit and warmth will be missed by all who knew him. Louie left his mark throughout Bishop Hill; he spent many years in service to his community, his neighbors, and his friends. He was active in many organizations in and around town and will be fondly remembered. 

The Old Settlers wish to share our sympathy and prayers with Louie’s wife, Marion, his daughters and their families, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren.
Read more about the life of this remarkable man; find his obituary here.

Friday, May 7, 2021

May Meeting of BHOSA May 12 at 6pm - Join us!

The day has finally come! The first of our 2021 meetings will be held at the Colony School on May 12th at 6 pm. Please note that we have changed our meeting date to the second Wednesday of each month. This will be the first meeting of the membership since covid curtailed our events over a year ago. The planned agenda begins with President Anderson’s report. A Secretary’s report will be held until June. Our new Treasurer, Joella Krause, will bring us up to date with a financial report. Old News will be followed by New Business. Topics include a review of our by-laws, updating our rental agreement and adjusting our membership dues. The final and most important item on the agenda is to establish committees and budget for the 125th anniversary of the Old Settlers' and the 175th Anniversary of the Colony, a celebration, and Parade. We need all our members to contribute to make this year a success; please plan to attend and share your ideas.