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today’s holiday: Jordbruksdagarna


The town of Bishop Hill, Illinois, was founded in 1846 by a group of Swedes fleeing religious persecution in the Old World. Their leader, Eric Jansson, sailed across the Atlantic with 1,200 followers to form the colony. Many of the descendants of the original colonists still live in Bishop Hill or nearby towns, and they continue to celebrate a number of traditional Swedish holidays. One of these is Jordbruksdagarna, or Agricultural Days, a two-day celebration featuring harvest demonstrations, 19th-century crafts and children’s games, and ample servings of Colony Stew. More… Discuss