The four workers laid off when the Bishop Hill State Site closed Dec. 1 returned to work April 22.
None was happier to see them than Martha Downey.
“Wonderful,” said Downey, Bishop Hill State Site superintendent. “It was good to see them this morning, catch up with them and tell them what we have going on. It’s a good day.”
A good day, indeed, for Bishop Hill and the surrounding area. It allowed the Bishop Hill State Site to officially open this morning (April 23).
Since Dec. 1, the Bishop Hill State Site and several other Illinois historic sites and parks have been shuttered. That’s meant the Colony Church, Bishop Hill Museum and Bjorklund Hotel have all been closed. Effective today, they return to their normal business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Hopefully, that news will help the rest of Bishop Hill and surrounding area, too, since it could bring more tourism and subsequent revenue here.
The reopenings, which include the Carl Sandburg Historic Site in Galesburg and all others which were closed Dec. 1, were made possible by appropriations money approved last week by state lawmakers.
“I think all of the state leadership wanted this to happen and they were finally able to make it happen,” Downey said Wednesday.