News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
September 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Total Solar Eclipse Experience at Bald Knob Cross a Success!

With over 750 people in attendance, the viewing of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st could not have been any better! Although it was hot, hot, hot, we had a perfect viewing experience of this incredible phenomenon.  

Eclipse guests seemed very grateful for the experience, and comments like this have continued to keep coming in: 

"Thank you and your organization for a thoroughly enjoyable eclipse-watching experience. Our adult family of four was so impressed with the professionalism with which you carried it off, particularly since you couldn't possibly have had any prior experience. The event was so well-organized and everyone was not only extremely helpful but friendly as well." ~ T. Moore. 

It took over 100 volunteers to create this experience - so we'd like to give a giant THANK YOU to all that helped make this event successful!

Photo Courtesy of The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.
Photo Courtesy of The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.
Allegiance Trio
Thank You to the
Allegiance Trio!

A great big THANK YOU to the Allegiance Trio for their performance on August 31st.

They were absolutely amazing and exceeded all our expectations for the evening. It was a great blessing for the over 200 people in attendance.

A free-will offering was collected from those present, and all proceeds were given to Bald Knob Cross. Thanks again to the Allegiance Trio and First Baptist Church of Anna!
Open House - Saturday, September 30th, 2-4 pm

Open House This year has been a tremendous year for completion of several projects that have been "in the works" for some time. Thanks to some very generous donations of funds, time and skills, we are excited to celebrate these projects and would like to offer you the opportunity to come visit and see for yourself.  

You've probably read about each one of these as they have come to fruition -- the history panels inside the welcome center, the electrical line connection, which allowed the poles and above-ground electrical lines to come down off Bald Knob Mountain, the new observation deck on the South side of the welcome center, upgrades to entrances to hillside parking, the restoration of the old bunkers and now, still in progress, the creation of history panels for the bunkers, along with directional panels and 'The Salvation Story' panels that will occupy one whole bunker.  

More improvements could be mentioned, but we hope you can come take a look at the Open House on Saturday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Great fellowship, refreshments, music and hospitality awaits you. Come see us!!
did you know
Did You Know...?

That we already have requests from people who want to attend the 2024 eclipse at Bald Knob Cross? How amazing it is that we are going to have this event twice in 7 years, and that we are at the crossroads both times!
Volunteer Spotlight


Diane is our newest volunteer to help host the welcome center. Diane lives in Murphysboro and will be assisting 3-4 days per month. Welcome Diane!!
fall cross
Fall Colors at the Cross
Mark your calendars for the Fall Colors of the Cross event that will be Saturday, October 21st from 2-6 pm. Music, Food, Fall colors. Hot dogs and chili for sale late afternoon/evening.  
Bunker Project

The bunker restoration project is nearing completion!! All bunkers have been cleaned, painted, sealed and covered, and the information panels that will be placed on top are currently in production! The bunkers will be complete prior to the Open House on September 30th, so make special plans to come take a look -- we think you will love them! 

Here are some "sneak peeks" at some pieces of the bunker panels...

bunker panels
Most Current Needs

Dependable pickup truck - older model fine, just needs to be in good running condition. We often have to borrow a pickup truck to haul large recycling loads, small equipment to and from vendors for repairs, etc. 

Welcome Center Volunteers - We have a great cadre of volunteers that donate a multitude of hours to host the welcome center, and we need additional people so we can be open 7 days per week. If you can give a few hours per week or per month, or would just like more information about what is involved, contact Teresa at
Become a Member of Bald Knob Cross of Peace

become a member There are some exciting things happening at Bald Knob Cross, and I hope you've had the opportunity to visit recently. But if not, I hope you can plan a visit soon. 

This is the time of year when we send invitations to renew current memberships for the upcoming year, or invite individuals to consider becoming a member. Watch for your renewal letter in the mail (or get a copy here). Or,  check out membership opportunities here.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • September 30, 2017, 2-4 pm - Open House
  • October 21, 2017, 2-6 pm - Fall Colors at the Cross
  • December 3, 2017, 2-4 pm - Christmas at the Cross

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2018. If you would like to assist with planning an event for next year, please send an email to Create your own event at Bald Knob!


Teresa Gilbert




Teresa Gilbert

Executive Director 

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