national register of historic places
Jenny Lind, left a lasting footprint in Illinois and was the first international “rock” star to visit America. Her generous donation of $1,500 to the Reverend Paul Esbjorn, pastor to a flock of Swedish immigrants who settled in Andover, the first community in Henry county. The donation provided the foundation to build a new church now known as the Jenny Lind Chapel. The “Swedish Nightingale” is featured in the museum below the Chapel and it also showcases early immigrant experiences through the exhibits, audio, and video available for viewing.
Preservation of Orion’s Music Band Shell, in 2015 celebrated 100 years of community togetherness. The band shell sparked renewed interest in the downtown spirit. During the summer’s concerts, music melodies of the Orion Community Band and regional artists fill the air and the band shell sparkles. It creates an atmosphere drawing return visits from visitors far and wide.