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.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

BHOSA April News and Volunteer Fair

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

The Bishop Hill Museums & Organizations will host their Volunteer Fair on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Bishop Hill Museum, 304 S. Bishop Hill Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. No registration is required. Individuals searching for volunteer opportunities in Bishop Hill, Illinois, can learn about what its organizations have to offer by attending the fair.

Representatives from the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, and the Henry County Museum will be onsite to answer questions and provide information on volunteering with their respective organizations. Volunteers are especially needed during this year’s 175th-anniversary celebration of Bishop Hill’s founding. If you would like more information contact Bryan Engelbrecht, IL-DNR, at 309-927-3345.

April News from the BHOSA

The prospect of having a meeting of the BH Old Settlers in April is canceled until word of a surge in Illinois is made clear and more people in Henry County are vaccinated  A meeting is proposed for Wednesday, May 12,  at 6 o’clock at the school, subject to COVID guidelines.

There was a problem with the Colony School's furnace and thermostat at the end of February resulting in damage to bathroom fixtures and plumbing. Repairs are underway. Insurance will cover these repairs except for a small deductible.

Joella Krause has agreed to serve as Treasurer of the Old Settlers and will be confirmed by the Executive Committee on April 6.  She will begin her office in April.  Beth Magnuson has been acting as Treasurer pro tem and will continue to serve as Secretary.  

May will be the prime time for planning our 175th celebration and parade, so please plan to attend the meeting if you can.  Our regular meeting date is changed from the first Wednesday to the second Wednesday to provide a current Treasurer’s Report for the previous month to be reviewed at the monthly meetings.

Please contact President Anderson (309-883-9209) with any questions or comments regarding your participation.

People Reached

Saturday, March 13, 2021

2021 Swedish Stomp and Scamparoo Canceled

For the second year in a row, the Bishop Hill Swedish Stomp & Scamparoo has been canceled. We hope to be racing again this time next year. We will celebrate our 25th Stomp in 2022! Any fees already collected for this year's event will be returned with our apology. Thanks to our supporters for understanding.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Swedish Stomp & Scamparoo Sat, April 24, 2021

As spring returns and the world turns green, mark your calendars for some fun and fitness at this family-friendly event: The 2021 Bishop Hill Stomp and Scamparoo.
Embrace the season; grab your race gear and run/walk this rolling 5K course through beautiful Bishop Hill, IL. Join us at the Colony School on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The race begins at 9:00 am, registration starts at 7:30 am.
A free Scamparoo for kids ages six and under will follow the Stomp.

Register online or download, print, and mail this registration form
For additional information or to volunteer to help with this event, contact BHOSA President, Randy Anderson, at 309-883-9209.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

BHOSA February News & President's Message

Happy Groundhog Day. It seems fitting to report that little has changed over the past year, but with a new year, we are all hopeful that things will get back to some semblance of normalcy.

There are many things to do this year with the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Bishop Hill Colony and the 125th Anniversary of the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association. Planning for the parade on September 11, 2021, will require help from all members and volunteers and the executive committee is meeting to develop plans which we will share with you in the coming weeks and months. We welcome your input and you are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions as we develop our plans for 2021. You can contact us by email, letter, or phone with the information at the end of this eMail.

With the Covid-19 restrictions, communication has been limited with our membership. Hopefully, we will be able to have a meeting of the membership soon. I plan to send out a meeting notice for April 7, 2021, depending on the situation regarding Covid-19. I will be sending out more frequent newsletters this year. Our regularly scheduled events are on the calendar, with the first event being the Swedish Stomp, subject to Covid-19 circumstances at that time. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24th, and be available to help with this event. You will be contacted with details of where and what aspects of the Stomp your help is needed.

The capital campaign is being extended through 2021. The “Adopt a Window” project will also run through 2021. At present, our goal of $21,000 for window restoration is near 75%. Changes to current tax laws make it easier and more advantageous for taxpayers to contribute to charitable organizations at the present time. Hopefully, this will continue. Consult your tax professional for information on charitable contributions in 2021. Maintenance of the Colony School is a constant concern, and the next major project slated to begin this year is tuckpointing of the Colony School. Our Capital Campaign hopes to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of restoration of the Colony School brickwork. All contributions are gratefully received. The Bottom Line: With the shutdown of the Colony School in 2020, and the cancellation of all our fundraising events 2020 has been a year of diminishing returns. Income has relied solely on donations and membership dues, but with regular membership of $5.00 per year, expenses have far outweighed income for 2020.

To encourage more dues income for the Old Settlers’ we are offering a Lifetime Membership to the Old Settlers’ for $1000. Regular annual dues remain at $5.00 through 2021 and will be reviewed later this year to be increased in 2022. In the meantime, if you have paid dues for 2020, Thank You. If you have not paid dues we ask that you send your dues and consider including an extra donation to help with expenses at the present time. We look forward to hearing from you and being able to have a full meeting in the near future.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021.  
Take care out there. 
Randy Anderson, Co-President 
Roy Magnuson, Co-President 
For the Executive Board 
Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association 
Contact us:   
BHOSA / PO Box 68 / Bishop Hill, IL 61419  
Randy Anderson:  309-883-9209 
Roy Magnuson: 
Beth Magnuson:  309-737-0260