The Psalmodikon, 19th century Swedish music, and Bishop Hill...
Ever wonder what the psalmodikons in museums sounded like? How they were played? What were some of the songs the pioneer immigrants brought over from 19th-century Sweden? How to sing them or play them on a dulcimer or another modern musical instrument? You will now get your chance!
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will sponsor a workshop Saturday, August 2 on how Swedish immigrants played hymns and folk songs on the psalmodikon, a one-stringed musical instrument played with a bow. The workshop will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois. It is free and open to the public.
Pete Ellertsen, a retired teacher and amateur musician from Springfield, will demonstrate how pastors of the 1800s used the psalmodikon to teach singing in four-part harmony to rural congregations who might not know how to read music. Ellertsen plays a replica of the instrument currently displayed in the Steeple Building museum.
Workshop participants will learn how to read psalmodikon tablature, known as "siffor-noter" (number notes) and convert it to sheet music; and how to sing simple melodies and play them on the mountain dulcimer or another musical instrument. All skill levels and all instruments are welcome. If you just want to listen, you are also very welcome!
This workshop is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council.
For more details, please call 309 927-3899.
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Photos courtesy BHHA.
Honor Flight: You can not believe...
After graduating from Elgin High School, Elgin, Illinois I moved to Chicago. There I worked for the Erie Railroad. When the Korean War called, I enlisted in the Air Force in February 1951.
After taking Basic Training at San Antonio and attending classes at the University of Connecticut, I was transferred to Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA. I was there until June 1953 when I was transferred to a Communications Unit in Seoul, Korea, and a few months later was transferred to 5th Air Force Headquarters in Taegu. After serving there in the General Courts Martial jurisdiction, I was sent to California in August 1954 for discharge.
Upon finishing college I worked in Washington D.C., Chicago, Joliet Arsenal and then finished my government years at Rock Island in 1985. My wife and I have been married 55 years, have three married daughters and five grandchildren.
I was so honored to be selected for the Honor Flight last year. You can not believe the thank you your community extended to we veterans on July 4th.
Thanks, Gene Eiklor, Geneseo.
Mr. Eiklor is the one in the back, without a cover (hat)
The Mayor and City Council want to thank Jason Bates and his team of intrepid volunteers for honoring the City of Galva with the presence of those to whom honor is due.
The City wishes to thank Mrs. Jenny (Eiklor) Garner for providing us with the picture of her dad.
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