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The Bishop Hill Colony

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on the history of the Bishop Hill Colony using Swenson Center resources.


Here are some book titles to get you started. This is not an exhaustive list!


Bishop Hill, 1846

            Jacobson, Margaret E.; Neville, Russell Trall.; Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association; 1941.


Bishop Hill reframed: voices from the past

Setterdahl, Lilly, 2021.


100 years: a history of Bishop Hill, Illinois: also biographical sketches of many early pioneers in Illinois

            Anderson, Theo. J., 1946.


Bishop Hill: showcase of Swedish history; history of the Bishop Hill colony

            Swank, George, 1978.


Nobler things to view: collected essays on the Erik-Janssonists.

            Bishop Hill Heritage Association, 1998.


Wheat flour messiah : Eric Jansson of Bishop Hill

            Elmen, Paul, 1976.


The Janssonist faith

Norton, John E., 1972.


The Bishop Hill colony: a religious communistic settlement in Henry County, Illinois

            Mikkelsen, Michael A., 1892.


History, memory, and ethnic identification: rediscovering community in Bishop Hill, Illinois

            O'Neill, Linda, 1996.


We also have a film about Bishop Hill in the collection:

Bishop Hill (film)

Hannemann, Yvonne, film producer, director, 2018.