Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Bishop Hill Chautauqua will showcase immigration and migration located in the Village Park; this small town tradition is a free family-oriented event.
What is a Chautauqua anyway? President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is an exploration of American life and liberty. Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun!
Celebrate Old Settlers’ Day in Historic Bishop Hill, IL
Celebrate the 171st anniversary of the 1846 founding of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th year of the Old Settlers’ Association.
Savor a traditional chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the historic Colony School. This delicious meal features chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, slaw, Swedish rye bread, homemade pie, and good strong coffee. The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert. For children under 8 years the cost is $5.
Head to Village Park and enjoy a performance by the Bishop Hill High Society Band. A Bishop Hill Colony descendant will share stories passed from one generation to the next. Join in a social time at Colony School with Swedish rusks and coffee served.
11:30 Traditional Chicken Dinner held at the Old Colony School
12:15 Band Performance
1:30 p.m. Colony Descendant Program
Sunday, September 10
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Former students and teachers of area country schools gather at the Colony school to celebrate their heritage.