March 13, 2019
- Bishop Hill Special Exhibit (Feb. 11 - Mar. 18)
- Time: 7:30 AM - 4:50 PM
- Location: Garden Lounge, Malpass Library (open daily)
- Description: 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.
Bishop Hill Heritage Association (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 percent 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.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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