Local Organizations

BISHOP HILL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
PO Box 92, Bishop Hill, IL 61419 • 309-927-3899
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association was organized in 1962 with the original goal of saving the Colony era buildings that were in disrepair and restoring them to functional use. They continue to maintain these historic properties and the culture unique to Bishop Hill. The administrative office, museum and archives of the BHHA are located in the 1854 Steeple Building. The BHHA also manages the 1908 Krans Livery Stable museum and the 1854 Dairy Building which is used for workshops and concerts and is also available to rent for meetings and get-togethers. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The BHHA also offers group tours by appointment. website

BISHOP HILL OLD SETTLERS’ ASSOCIATION
PO Box 68, Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419
The Old Settler’s Association was organized in 1896 to observe the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Hill Colony. In 1953 the BHOSA purchased and restored the 1861 Colony School. The schoolhouse, kitchen and grounds are maintained by the group and are available to rent for meetings, parties and special occasions. website

BISHOP HILL STATE HISTORIC SITE
PO Box 104, Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419 • 309-927-3345
The State of Illinois has been an active partner in Bishop Hill’s preservation since 1946 when the village donated the Colony Church, 1848, and Village Park, est. 1853, to the People of Illinois. The Colony Hotel, 1852-1861, Colony Barn, c. 1856-1860, Boy’s Dormitory, 1847, and the Bishop Hill Museum have been added to the site. Today the site is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. facebook

HENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
202 South Park Street, Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419
The history of Henry County, Illinois is close at hand when you enter this one story museum housed in a former school house. Displays are nicely organized and catalogued to make your visit one that won’t be forgotten. You will find items that were typical of historic Henry County, including a steam engine, tools, clothing and quilts. The museum also displays a replica general store, a harness shop, and professional offices. website


VASA ORDER OF AMERICA NATIONAL ARCHIVES INC 
109 South Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419 • 309-927-3898
The Vasa archives are designed to preserve the Swedish culture in America and Canada. Visitors can utilize the Archives to complete genealogical research. Assistance is available for members and nonmembers in America and Sweden who are interested in genealogical research. You will also find a collection of several hundred cassette tapes of interviews of Swedish immigrants conducted by Lennart Setterdahl. Your visit is quite welcome. Space for meetings and special events is available for rent. facebook

BISHOP HILL ARTS COUNCIL
PO Box 47 Bishop Hill, IL 61419 • 309-927-3064
For more than three decades the Bishop Hill Arts Council has promoted the arts and artisans that reflect the traditions of Bishop Hill. The Arts Council produces this visitors’ guide, sponsors performing and visual arts events and activities throughout the year. facebook