2020 Events

  • Exhibit Opening (April 10-11, 10 - 4) – Join the Vasa National Archives and Museum as we open our doors for the 2019 season with an Opening Reception for a new exhibit. The new exhibit will highlight some of the Swedish traditions and activities the Vasa Order keeps alive in the US and Canada. Light refreshments available throughout the day.

  • Valborg and Wiener Roast (April 24, 6 pm) – Experience an ancient Swedish traditional bonfire as we welcome spring’s return. Yard games and activities will be available to the whole family. Hot dogs, buns, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to share. 

  • Fairy Tale Ball (May 23, 5-8 pm) – All Fairy Tale creatures are welcomed to a party with the Vasa National Archives. The ball will feature crafts, games, a witch’s station, food and music. Attendees are encouraged to wear their Fairy Tale finest. Sensory Sensitive session from 5 to 6:30 for families needing extra considerations. The ball will open to the whole realm at 6:30 and last until 8. Dinner will be served from 6-7. The Ball will be an outdoor event, but indoor arrangements will be made in case the weather witch sends foul weather. There is a $10 attendance fee for Fairy Tale creatures, but parents can come for free. This event is a compliment to the Nordic Fairy Tale exhibit currently on display. Reservations are limited to 60 fairy tale beings, so call or email the Vasa National Archives soon to reserve your spot, 309-927-3898 or VasaArchivist@gmail.com

  • Midsummer Respite (June 20, 10 – 6, during Midsummer) – If you get too hot or dry while exploring Bishop Hill during this summer celebration, the Vasa National Archives invites you to take a break and enjoy fika with us. Fika is a Swedish custom of offering visitors a drink and a snack. To help pass the time while you cool off, we have a make-and-take clay sculpture station for you.

  • Butter Making (Sept. 26-27, 10 – 5, during Jordbruksdagarna) Bishop Hill colonists, like many Swedes, were excellent butter and cheese makers. Stop by our booth in the Demostration area to learn about butter making and make your own butter to take home.

  • Community Paint project (Nov. 27-29, 10 - 4, during Julmarknad) Help the Vasa National Archives paint a beautiful winter scene while visiting beautiful Bishop Hill. Smocks will be provided to protect clothing. This is a community art project that is open to children of all ages. We want the whole community to add their own personal touches and make this a fantastic holiday project for display in our gallery during the holiday season.

  • Make and Take Dala Horse (Dec. 5-6, 10 -4) Come paint a wooden Dala Horse to take home for $5 per horse. Paint, brushes, and smocks provided. Participants are welcome to leave their Dala horses at the archive to dry while shopping in Bishop Hill.

  • Closing Reception (Dec. 12-13, 6-9 pm, during Lucia Nights) Come say goodbye to the Nordic Fairy Tale Exhibit, which will be replaced with a new exhibit for the 2021-22 season. This is also a final celebration ending the 2020 season. Coffee and cookies will be available to visitors at the Vasa National Archives for the closing reception.