For almost two years, the American World War 1 soldier battled a bitter war in Europe. He saw traumatic injuries and death on a scale seldom seen before. Many veterans came home with limbs missing and physical scars. Others suffered from a new psychological phenomenon referred to as “shell shock” and had a very difficult time adjusting to life in mainstream America.
The government did not ignore these damaged men, but looked to find a gratifying occupation for them. Beekeeping was one answer. It was considered a good option because the beekeeper typically works alone, at a slower pace, and has a major contribution to society through the products from the hive. To this end, the Government developed vocational training for veterans in beekeeping to help them integrate back into society and earn a living.
Today, similar programs are still at work to partner veterans with beekeeping ventures. One of these programs through the University of Minnesota offers free workshops to veterans to promote the benefits of beekeeping.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
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
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!
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 asks the question:
“Was the United States effective in deterring the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia as a result of our presence in Vietnam?”
Remember to be original and creative in your essay writing. Center staff will read and evaluate all essays.
- The top essay will receive a Grand Prize of $250.
- A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the First and Second Runner-Up.
- Three honorable mentions will receive consolation prizes.
- Winning essays will be posted on the Center’s web site. The honorable mentions will be listed on the web site.
- Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
- Your essay must be original and 500 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
- Essays may be emailed to the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Bong Historical Center
Deadline is Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
Further guidelines, formatting requirements, and submission instructions.
Friday, December 16th
Enjoy the Superior Singers’ new Christmas show. Featuring music from Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinall, the music is a beautiful and powerful concert with a new modern twist. Along with more a Capella songs, they will also be featuring hand held instruments to accompany the music.