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202 Park Street

P.O. Box 48
Bishop Hill, IL 61419

Museum Times

Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
from May 1st to October 31st








“One famous Sauk Indian who passed through Henry County several times was Black Hawk. He was born in Sawkenauh Village in 1767 and became chief at the age of twenty when his father died. By 1830 he was in his sixties and his refusal to leave the white man’s land caused the Black Hawk War. The war was practically ended before it started. Government troops destroyed most of Black Hawk’s force.


There was no fighting done in Henry County, but Black Hawk followed the Rock River north during part of the conflict so the county was prepared in case the war should make its way here.


After his defeat, Black Hawk and the other surviving Indians fled to the Winnebago tribes in Iowa who surrendered the great Indian to the white men. After he had served his imprisonment, he and his family were taken to a reservation near Fort Des Moines in Iowa where he died on October 3, 1838.


With the end of Black Hawk came the end of the Indians also. Most of them were shipped off like livestock. Of course there were a few left such as Indian Jim, a follower of Black Hawk who ended up living in Colona Township, and Chief Shabbona, a Winnebago Indian who was a great friend of the white settlers around Henry County. But for a very few, the Indian was gone from Henry County.”

Jane Resseguie, 10th grade, Galva High School, Award winning research paper!

Please Note:  This was an article from a recent HCHS Newsletter.


A MUST SEE! - New Native American artifacts have been donated to the Henry County Historical Society Museum by Betty L. Heband daughter of Verne Jacobson. These items are estimated to be from 1,000 – 7,000 B.C. The most recent items were from around 600 A.D. The display currently resides in the meeting room. Plan your next visit because this is a “must see” exhibit!