The American Scandinavian Association will host its annual meeting and dinner with a program entitled "Bishop Hill Then and Now."
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a period of social time and punch followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a special cake in celebration of the ASA's 85th anniversary.
Bishop Hill initially was created as a religious communal colony by Swedish immigrants led by Eric Janson. From the prairie of western Illinois, these pioneers created a town that served as a beacon for later Swedish migration. Today, Bishop Hill is a state historic site and a national historic landmark. Administrator Todd DeDecker will share the history of the Bishop Hill Colony and talk about how this historic town has evolved over the years.
Those interested in attending should make reservations no later than Friday, May 10. Please mail check payable to ASA to Loryann Eis, 2037 15th St., Moline, Ill., 61265.
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$9.50 for students, $19 for members, $24 for nonmembers