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Bishop Hill Colony

Description of the Bishop Hill Colony Collection

The Bishop Hill Colony was founded in western Illinois in 1846 by dissenters from the Swedish Lutheran Church. Known as lasare (or readers), they read the Bible for themselves and followed the preaching of their leader Erik Janson. Many of the settlers perished during a difficult first winter at their new home in the United States. Additionally, Janson was murdered in 1850. Despite these set backs the colony existed as a communal settlement until 1861.

 

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Statement of the Ledger kept at Galva for the Bisop Hill Colony up to January 1, 1860
Bishop Hill Colony (Ill.)
1860-01-01
Galva (Ill.)
Manuscripts Financial records
Statement of the ledger kept at Galva for the Bishop Hill Colony up to January 1, 1860. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1860-01-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Summons for appearance in court for Lars Ericson, Olaf Headland, and Eric P. Asland
Olson, Olaf Lars, Ericson
1869-07-01
Henry County (Ill.)
Ephemera Summons
Summons to appear to testify sent by Olof Olson to Lars Ericson, Olaf Headland and Eric Asland. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1869-07-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Warrantee Deed from Bishop Hill Colony to Olaf Johnson & others
Bishop Hill Colony (Ill.) Johnson, Olaf
1863-04-02
Henry County (Ill.)
Ephemera Indenture
Indenture document and warranty deed Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-04-02
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. One Dollar
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Danforth, Wright & Co.
1857-11-02
Omaha (Neb.)
Ephemera Banknote
One dollar bank note number listed as "No. 642" Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Two Dollars
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Danforth, Wright & Co.
1857-11-02
Omaha (Neb.)
Ephemera Banknote
Two dollar bank note number listed as "No. 243" Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-02
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Will Pay Three Dollars
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Danforth, Wright & Co.
1857-11-02
Omaha (Neb.)
Ephemera Banknote
Three dollar bank note number listed as "No. 642" Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-03
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony

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