Frequent Flyer April 2012

Volume I, Number 4
April 2012

Happy Easter and Happy Passover from the Bong! As you enjoy your spring holidays, think about joining us for some of our upcoming events and activities. With the cost of gas rising, you might want to have a “Stay-cation” and include a visit to the Bong with your family plans.

Spring is a busy time for School Visits, too. Busloads of pupils and teachers enjoy custom-tailored tours and Squad Training in a unique and affordable field trip. Some schools come from quite a distance; recent groups have included Sacred Heart from Grand Forks, MN, and Northstar Community Charter School in Minong, WI. Some of the schools already scheduled for upcoming visits are Arbor Vitae, WI, St. Francis Xavier from Maple Lake, MN, and the Milroy School, also in Minnesota.


We are currently accepting entries in the first High School Essay Contest, open to all Wisconsin and Minnesota students in Grades 9-12. The topic for the essay is “Why is the Battle of Midway Important in American History?”; cash prizes will be awarded for the top essays. The deadline for submissions is May 11. For further details, click this link: HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST or contact Education Outreach Coordinator Scott Markle at [email protected] or 715.392.7151.


Also from our Education Program, the Bong will host our second Duluth Playhouse Summer Camp, “HISTORY PLAY: A living history theatre camp”, from July 16-20. Students aged 10-14 will spend the week exploring the Museum’s exhibits and collections and performing an original play based on what they have learned. Further details and registration information may be found on the Playhouse website: DULUTH PLAYHOUSE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

For the grownups – a special course entitled “Unusual Military History” will be offered by the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, taught by Bong Executive Director Bob Fuhrman, and presented at the Bong in our classroom. The course runs on Wednesdays in May and offers a great registration fee for Seniors over 62. For more information and to register, click here: WITC UNUSUAL MILITARY HISTORY CLASS

Overheard in the Bong Center Gift Shop: “This is the best toyshop in town!” This mother knows that we stock all types of merchandise that kids like; from trucks to T-shirts, model planes to medals, as well as books, DVDs, and much more! If you’re looking for a unique gift for a child – or adult – be sure to visit our shop. And if you are a Bong Sponsor or Member, ask about your discount.

Sponsorship is a great way to support the Bong and is vital to the continuation of our Mission . If you are currently a sponsor, we thank you. If you are not already a Sponsor, we invite you to explore the opportunities and benefits of an individual or corporate sponsorship. A list of our current sponsors is available at BONG CENTER SPONSOR PAGE . To discuss available options, contact Executive Director Bob Fuhrman at [email protected] or 715-392-7151.

Join us for these Free Public Events in April:

The Bong Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 10, at 2pm in the Classroom. Members will choose their own books for discussion.




Author and retired Air Force Colonel Tom Culbert presents a program in the Saturday Speakers Series on “Military History Research Methods and Strategies” on Saturday, April 14, 10am in the Bong Classroom. A graduate of UWS and currently President of Aviation Information Research Corp., he will share his experiences and helpful tips from his writing, including Pan Africa: Across the Sahara in 1941 with Pan Am.

Gregory Peck stars as a hard-as-nails general in the 1949 classic, “Twelve O’Clock High,” this month’s offering in the “Hollywood’s Heroes” film series. The movie will be shown on Tuesday, April 17, at 1:30pm in the Pearl Harbor Theatre. Free popcorn will again be served, courtesy of Campbell Lumber.

…And mark your calendars….

May 8
Bong Book Club monthly meeting

May 15
Honor Flight Northland trip to Washington, DC. This flight is full, but they will accept applications and donations for the next flight: NORTHLAND HONOR FLIGHT

May 22
Film “The Longest Day,” starring John Wayne. For the complete series listing, click here: HOLLYWOOD’S HEROES FILM SERIES

June 6
2nd Annual Summer Open House

August 18
Military Vehicle Show at the Bong

September 22-3
Duluth Air Show at the Duluth/Superior International Airport. For more details and tickets click here: DULUTH AIR SHOW 2012

September 24
Bong Center-10th Anniversary and Major Bong’s 92nd birthday

November 1
Bong Center- 9th Annual Auction

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 harbor View Parkway, Superior, WI 54880 Phone (715)392-7151, toll free (888)816-9944, FAX (715)395-5526, email [email protected]