Frequent Flyer February 2012

Volume I, Number 2 February 2012

Greetings and Warm Wishes from the Bong – wherever you might be! We hope that you’ll enjoy this summary of the activities in the Center and that it will encourage you to visit us soon and often.

January Recap

January was a busy month at the Bong Center. We started offering free cocoa on Saturdays and, despite a couple of warm days, it was very popular with visitors. Consequently, we will be extending the service through February, so come on down, enjoy a cup, tour the museum, and browse in the Gift Shop.

Our new Film Series  premiered on January 17 – we showed “A Walk In the Sun” to a small but appreciative audience, who all enjoyed  free popcorn, courtesy of Campbell Lumber. Campbell’s will also provide free popcorn for our next film on February 21 (see below).

Jim Hencinski presented his 10th Speakers Program at the Bong on January 21; his topic was “The Eyes of the Fleet: USN Battleship and Cruiser Floatplanes, 1934-49.” Jim continues to be one of our regular and popular speakers. He is currently working on future topics for later this spring.

Great news – the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has renewed our grant that provides partial funding for the Education Outreach Coordinator position. Scott Markle has made great progress with our Education Program, so we are delighted and very grateful to DSACF for their continued support of the position and program.


Welcome Kestrel

No doubt the most exciting event in January was the January 16th announcement of Kestrel Aircraft locating in Superior. We attended the public announcement of the new partnership held at the Bong Airport and were very proud to host a Reception for Kestrel on behalf of the City of Superior, Douglas County, and the Chamber of Commerce. What a celebration for Alan Klapmeier and his vision! We welcome Kestrel to the community and congratulate all parties involved in bringing them to Superior.

Many people commented that evening that the Bong is a wonderful venue for a reception. Guests are able to view our exhibits while networking and socializing. Why not consider the Bong Center for your next event, be it a meeting, reunion, reception, holiday party, press conference, or even a wedding! We can assist you with speakers, caterers, and anything else you need. For further information, please contact Executive Director Bob Fuhrman at [email protected] or 715-392-7151.

Bong Auction

(Above-Board Chair Terry Lundberg helps Auction Chair Tim Sauter draw winners at the annual fund raising auction.)

Don’t miss more photos from our November Auction that are featured in the February-March edition of the magazine The Woman Today. You can pick up a copy at many retail locations in the Twin Ports or read it online at www.thewomantoday.com

Coming in February

This month Education Outreach Coordinator Scott Markle will be putting the finishing touches on our first-ever High School Essay Contest. Watch our web site and your email inbox for more details.

The Bong Book Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 14th, at 2pm at the Center. They will discuss the book, “The Oranges are Sweet” by Paul M. Sailer. The book is a biography of Major Don M. Beerbower, who was the leading ace in the Ninth Air Force during World War II. Major Beerbower was from Hill City, Minnesota. The public is welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the Bong Book Club; meetings are generally held every second Tuesday of the month. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Markle, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Bong, [email protected] or 715-392-7151.

Our Film Series continues on February 21 with “The Big Red One,” starring February birthday boy Lee Marvin. Join us for Director Sam Fuller’s story of the famed First Division, showing at 1:30pm in the Pearl Harbor Theatre. The film and popcorn are free. For the complete film series listing, click here

Dick & Marge want to remind you…”Don’t forget Valentine’s Day February 14th!”


And looking ahead…

3rd Tuesdays of each month – “Hollywood Heroes” film series, 1:30pm https://www.bvhcenter.org/film-series.html

March 10 – Author Dr Anthony Bukoski will present “A Father and Son Go to War” at 10am in the Bong Classroom. A native Superiorite and retired UWS Professor, Dr Bukoski served as a Marine corporal in the Vietnam War, and his father served in the Merchant Marines in WWII. The program will include a display, a discussion, and a reading of relevant selections from his books.

April 14 – Researcher and Writer Tom Culbert will discuss “Military History Research Methods and Strategies” in a free program at 10am in the Classroom. Mr Culbert is a retired Air Force Colonel and an aviation consultant.

May 15 – Honor Flight Northland spring trip to Washington, DC

June 6 – 2nd Annual Summer Open House at the Bong

June dates TBD – Duluth Playhouse Children’s Summer Theatre Camp at the Bong

August 18 – Military Vehicle Show at the Bong

September 22-23 – Duluth Air Show

September 24 – Bong Center 10th Anniversary and Richard Bong’s 92nd Birthday

November 1 – Bong 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]