On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will celebrate the gift of the Bishop Hill Tapestry.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will celebrate the gift of the Bishop Hill Tapestry.

Newly installed at the Steeple Building Museum, the tapestry was designed by Swedish artist Åsa Bengtson of Stockholm and woven by weaver Lija Rage, of Riga, Latvia.

The work depicts the Bishop Hill Colony in the mid-19th century and is part of a series of nine tapestries telling the story of Swedish immigration to the United States.

The American Daughters of Sweden made this gift possible thru a donation. Organized in 1926 in Chicago by a group of women of Swedish heritage, the American Daughters of Sweden has worked for over ninety years to promote and maintain an interest in Sweden and Swedish culture.

The Bishop Hill Tapestry Celebration will feature an open house from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Steeple Building Museum.

A formal ceremony will start the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Guest speakers will include State Rep. Dan Swanson; Gerd Sjögren, Chicago’s Honorary Consul General for Sweden; Mattias Hallendorff, president of the Carl Axel Valen Foundation; and Janet Nelson, president of the American Daughters of Sweden.

Music will be provide by hammered dulcimer performer Jon Wagner. Light refreshments, provided by BHHA volunteers, will be served immediately after the formal ceremony.

The program is free and open to the public.