Middle School Essay Contest Winners

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is proud to announce the winners of the 2016-17 Middle School Essay contest. Students were asked to answer the question “How do the new technologies and inventions created during World War II affect or shape our lives today?” “The response was overwhelming, all the students did a great job” said John Gidley, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Center. “It was so hard to narrow it down to just more »

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World War II Shipbuilding in Duluth and Superior Book Signing and Program

On May 25th the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center will host local author Gerald Sandvick and his new book, World War II Shipbuilding in Duluth and Superior. It is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. World War II hinged on the Allies having enough ships to both fight the enemy and to carry millions of tons of war goods across the world’s oceans. Shipyards on the Atlantic, Gulf, and more »

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Richard I Bong Veterans Center to host World War I program and display

On April 13th, the Richard I Bong Veterans Center will host Clyde Annala, who will review World War One, its cause, the conflict, and consequences while providing a look at life in the Twin Ports during this tumultuous time. Clyde is a lifelong Northland resident, who joined the U.S. Army in 1968. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and a tour in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and 247th “Dustoff” Air Ambulance Detachment. more »

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Bong Veterans Center announces new Executive Director

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center announces that Hayes Scriven has joined the Center as its new Executive Director. Scriven, a native of Nerstrand, Minnesota, started at the Center on March 6, replacing Robert Furhrman who had been at the reins for the last 10 years. Scriven, a 2005 University of Minnesota Duluth graduate, spent his senior year at the center as an intern. He assisted in the development of the “Holidays on the more »

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Big Band Dance

Saturday, February 25, 2017 6:00pm-9:00pm   Swing to the sounds of the big bands.  Music is provided by the Esko High School Jazz Band.  Dancing instructions compliments of Samantha Weller, UMD/Duluth Swing Dancing Club Admission is $5.00 per person with a family cap of $25.00 Tickets sold at the door Snacks and soda are available for purchase

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Camp Bong

FOR THE KIDS! Camp Bong is an event for children grades 2 through 6. Children will camp out in our museum and enjoy a number of activities including getting behind the wheel of a P-38 fighter plane. Camp Bong is March 31st and space is limited. Register Today!  

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2017 High School Essay Contest

In a historic press conference on April 7, 1954 President Eisenhower alluded to a “Falling Domino Principle” in which he explained the strategic importance of Vietnam in Southeast Asia. He related that if it fell into the hands of the communists, soon after the rest of the region would fall. This announcement laid the foundation for the United States involvement in Vietnam. Looking back some sixty plus years, The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center more »

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“The Twin Ports in the Cold War”

Come visit our newest exhibit and learn how the Cold War affected our region.  From jet interceptors and missiles to radar installations and bomb shelters, the Twin Ports was on the Front Line of the decades-long nuclear stare-down.

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