February 26, 2019

A Community on the Prairie: Bishop Hill, Illinois
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Malpass Library Garden Lounge
Description: Please join the Department of History and the University Libraries in the Garden Lounge of Malpass Library for a talk by Dr. Jeff Hancks titled "Searching for the Perfect Society: Illinois and the Nineteenth-Century Utopian Movement."

This public talk is being held in conjunction with WIU's hosting of a new traveling exhibit on the history, heritage, and impact of Bishop Hill, Illinois. 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 February 11th through March 18th and in the WIU-QC Library from March 18th through April 15th.

Bishop Hill Heritage Association (https://bishophillheritage.org/), in partnership with the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, has created this traveling exhibit about the formation of the Bishop Hill Colony. The Bishop Hill Colony was a religious communal colony founded in 1846 by Eric Janson and his followers. The Colony survived for only 15 years but left a lasting legacy in immigration history.

By 1930, 20% of all Swedish people in the world lived in the U.S. Immigration experts agree that much of this Swedish exodus to Illinois and the United States can be traced to the impact of the Bishop Hill Colony. Because of Bishop Hill’s importance to Swedish migration, not only is it a state historic site, but Bishop Hill is also a National Historic Landmark. In addition, 18 Colony buildings still remain and are in use today.

“A Community on the Prairie: Bishop Hill, Illinois” was produced by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Bishop Hill State Historic Site with financial support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Swedish Council of America, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

This talk and the exhibit are open free of charge to the public.

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Related Web Site: The Department of History
Contact Information:
 Dr. Jennifer McNabb
 Phone: (309) 298-1053
 Email: jl-mcnabb@wiu.edu
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