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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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Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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Account of financial notes
Ephemera Handwritten Ephemera
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-note-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Acct Bishop Hill Colony to H. G. Farrell
Farrell, H.G.
1853-11
Peoria (Ill.)
Manuscripts Financial records
Account of Bishop Hill Colony to H.G. Farrell for drugs &c Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1853-11-xx
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Bill for drugs
Ephemera Invoice
Bill of inventory of the estate of Olaf Peterson. (Aligns with mss-inv-01) Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Certificate bestowing United States Citizenship to John Johnson
Johnson, John Illinois. Circuit Court (Henry County)
1856-09-04
Henry County (Ill.)
Ephemera Certificate
Citizenship papers for John Johnson Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1856-09-04
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Certificate bestowing United States Citizenship to John Olson
Illinois. Circuit Court (Henry County) Olson, John
1855-10-15
Cambridge (Ill.)
Ephemera Certificate
Citizenship papers for John Olson Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1855-09-03
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Chicago, Ill. Octo 24, 1859
Penton & Co. Nordstrom, Olaf
1859-10-27
Chicago (Ill.)
Ephemera Billhead
Account and list of items purchased from Penton & Co. Wholesale Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1859-10-27
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Chicago, Oct 3d 1863 Mr. O. Nordstrom Bishop Hill bought of Smith & Dwyer. Wholesale druggists
Nordström,Olaf Bishop Hill Colony (Ill.)
1863-10-03
Chicago (Ill.)
Ephemera Billhead
Account and list of items purchased from Smith & Dwyer, Wholesale Druggist. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-10-03
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Deed transfer rom Erastus Bartlett to Olaf Johnson
Morton, George W. Bartlett, Eustus
1871-08-31
Kennebec County (Me.)
Ephemera Legal form
Quit Claim Deed from Eustus Bartlett to Olaf Johnson. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1871-08-31
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Inventory of the estate of Olof Peterson
Wataga (Ill.)
Ephemera Inventory
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-inv-01
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Invitation to P.O. Kraus to attend an anniversary party at the Bishop Hill Lodge
Vannice, J.F.
1886-01-20
Bishop Hill (Ill.)
Ephemera Invitation
Invitation to P.O. Kraus to an anniversary party for the Weller Lodge no. 160 of the A.O.U.W. from Dr. J. F. Vannice. Included with the invitation is envelope and business card from Mr. Vannice. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1886-01-20
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony

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