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Bishop Hill Special Exhibit

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The Department of History and University Libraries are pleased to announce Western Illinois University is hosting a new traveling exhibit on the history, heritage and impact of Bishop Hill, IL. The exhibit, "A Community on the Prairie: Bishop Hill, Illinois," will be displayed on the Macomb campus in the Garden Lounge of Malpass Library from Feb. 11-March 18. "This exhibit will help to not only showcase Illinois history but also demonstrate the rich diversity that has shaped our state," said WIU Dean of Libraries Michael Lorenzen "The WIU Archives has even more information on Bishop Hill, and this exhibit is a great starting point to learn about it."

The exhibit will be celebrated with a public talk by School of Global Education and Outreach Executive Director Jeff Hancks at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Garden Lounge of Malpass Library. Hancks's talk is titled "Searching for the Perfect Society: Illinois and the Nineteenth-Century Utopian Movement." "Dr. Hancks's talk will contextualize Bishop Hill in the development of Illinois and demonstrate the history of our region. I am delighted that he has agreed to share his research in conjunction with the Bishop Hill exhibit," said WIU History Department Chair Jennifer McNabb