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Stuffie Boot Camp

Stuffie Boot Camp

We are excited to host our first ever Stuffie Boot Camp on March 30th.

This boot camp is designed specifically to be a fun and educational event for children Pre-K through third grade or for anyone who has a stuffed animal! On March 30th for $10 kids will have the opportunity to enlist their favorite stuffie into the Stuffy Bong Center Boot Camp. On the afternoon of March 30th kids will enlist their stuffie into the Stuffie Bong Military to train in boot camp. After drop off, the stuffie will be put through an experience like no other. Special activities include the popsicle stick wall climb, twizzler crawl, donut tire flip, and the grueling fruit by the foot rope climb.

The following day, March 31st, stuffie owners will return to the museum to pick up your precious friend. You will also receive a customized dog tag for you and your lovie, free museum admission to see the activities your animal experienced along discharge papers full with photos and a report of their activities.

Cost of the event is $10.00 per stuffie.
Enlistment: March 30, 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
PIck-up: March 31 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Register your stuffie here or call 715-392-7151.

About the Center
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

Hugging This Rock-Program

Hugging This Rock-Program

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is pleased to host former F-16 fighter pilot Eric Chandler who will present readings from his newest book, Hugging this Rock.

In a new collection of poetry about life and war as a pilot, parent, and outdoor sports enthusiast, Northeastern Minnesota author Eric “Shmo” Chandler delivers plenty in laughs and love—of family, of country, and of navigating one’s place in the world. Whether soaring at 40,000 feet, or carefully considering the flowers he encounters by the trail, his words are rich with insight and humor.

Chandler is a two-time winner of the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Writing Award administered by the on-line literary journal Line of Advance. He is a member of the Lake Superior Writers organization, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Military Writers Guild.

A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chandler retired after a 24-year military flying career with the U.S. Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard. He is a veteran with three deployments to Saudi Arabia for Operation Southern Watch; three deployments to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and one to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He flew over 3,000 hours and 145 combat sorties in the F-16.

Copies of Hugging This Rock are on sale now at the Centers gift shop.

The program will take place on March 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin. Refreshments will be served.

About the Center:
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

 

World War I in the Twin Ports

World War I in the Twin Ports

On January 25th the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting “World War I in the Twin Ports” presented by Dan Hartman. The program is the next in a series of programming designed to commemorate the centennially of “The Great War.” World War I has a deep history in the Twin Ports and Dan will explore a few of the areas soldier’s stories.

Join us on January 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior for this free event.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the Center
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

Flag of Remembrance-Dec. 1

Flag of Remembrance-Dec. 1

A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday, December 1st, for Roy T. Martinson who served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II.

The American Flag will be raised at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Roy T. Martinson.

Roy T. Martinson was born in Superior, Wisconsin on June 19, 1921 to Trygve Martinson and Ellen Schold. He was a lifelong Superior resident and graduated from Central High School. Upon graduation, Roy completed initial Army training and was transferred to Europe with the famed 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Roy earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 1942 and was awarded a number of combat honors including a Bronze Star for multiple War Campaigns in Belgium and France. Additional awards included the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachute and Glider Badges.

In May 1942, Roy married June L. Swanson and they had two sons, Roy D. and Randy. Upon Roy’s return to Superior after the war, he began his career with the 32nd Infantry Division of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Roy rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. He eventually became Battalion Commander of the 724th Engineers headquartered in Superior and Provost Marshal for the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Roy retired from the Army in 1969 after 29 years. His chosen civilian career was in Law Enforcement. In 1947, Roy joined the Superior Police Department as a patrolman and was promoted to Chief of Police in 1973. Roy was one of a select number of officers who graduated from the National Police Academy at the FBI Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

Roy retired as Chief of Police in 1981. During his retirement, he loved spending summer days at the Nemadji Golf Course, grilling with family and tending to his beloved dog Heidi and parakeet Cleo. At the time of Roy’s death on November 4, 1985, he was serving as 9th District City Counselor for the City of Superior.

Roy is survived by his sons Roy D. (“Pepper”), Randy, his granddaughter Tracy, daughter in law Jane and many nieces and nephews. “Papa Roy” is greatly missed by his entire family. They are proud of Roy’s service to his country and city and are happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in his memory.

About the Flag of Remembrance Program
The “Flag of Remembrance Program”, sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435, honors the life and memory of one deceased Veteran every week by flying a flag over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin. The flag is respectfully raised at a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. each Friday by members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435. On the following Friday, at 8:30 a.m., the flag is then lowered. Information on the Veteran is on display in the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center throughout the week.

About the Richard I,. Bong Veterans Historical Center
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

November 30-Book talk on the World War I Experiences of Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams

November 30-Book talk on the World War I Experiences of Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center invites the public to a book talk on the World War I experiences of Minnesota brothers Marland and Stanley Williams on November 30. With Love to All: The World War I Letters and Photographs of Two Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams was published by the Goodhue County Historical Society in June 2017. The talk with begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Center.

Assembled and published for the first time, this collection of photographs and letters by the Williams brothers is a compelling and personal narrative of army life during World War I. Upon the United States’ declaration of war in April 1917, seventeen-year-old Marland and his older brother Stanley volunteered for duty. Marland was a bandsman with the 125th Field Artillery of the 34th Sandstorm Division – among the first Minnesota units sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico, for training. His treasure trove of photographs and letters describe every aspect of the 125th F. A. during its nearly year-long training experience and journey to France. Stanley enlisted as a member of the Minnesota 151st Field Artillery, part of the legendary 42nd Rainbow Division. As one of the first units to fight in France. Battalion Sergeant Major Stanley Williamss letters give a glimpse into Rainbow Division’s combat experience as it endured many of the war’s most costly battles.

Book editor Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, granddaughter of Marland Williams, will bring these letters and photographs to life, providing an intimate, inside perspective on these principled and dedicated Minnesota brothers during a momentous period of American history. After the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of With Love to All and have it signed by Ms. Gomoll.

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll is professional genealogist. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, and co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is also a professional flutist, performing with the Rochester Symphony and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. When weather permits, Liz and her husband Roger find joy in flying their 1928 open cockpit biplane.

Sponsorship for this event provided by the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing MN along with funding from the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation.

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

About the Goodhue County Historical Society
The Goodhue County Historical Society, located in Red Wing, MN, was founded in 1869 as the first county historical society in Minnesota. It operates the Goodhue County History Center, which features 15 separate exhibit spaces, research library, meeting room, and museum store. To learn more about the Goodhue County Historical Society, visit their website at www.goodhuecountyhistory.org.

Northland Field Trip Expo

Northland Field Trip Expo

The Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center has organized a first ever Northland Field Trip Expo that will take place next month on November 16th. The Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center has also invited nine other area organizations to participate to help showcase what the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior have to offer.

“The Northland Field Trip Expo is an outgrowth of our Educator Open House, which the Center has hosted for the last five years,” stated Richard I Bong Historical Center Education and Outreach Coordinator John Gidley.

“We wanted to not only show off what we have to offer, but also what the Twin Ports has for school groups, home schoolers, scout groups, etc.,” said Hayes Scriven who is the Executive Director of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center.

Both Gidley and Scriven recently attended the Minnesota Field Trip Expo this past summer in St. Paul and were convinced of the need to bring something similar to the Northland. “We were already hosting an open house so just inviting some more organizations to the evening is a natural progression for us,” said Gidley.

Sarah Wilcox, Director of Education for the Lake Superior Zoo felt this was a wonderful opportunity. “The Zoo is looking forward to connecting with educators and other field trip planners at this expo. We have about 150 groups visit us every year but not all of them participate in an education program. We’re excited to tell teachers about our twenty different hands-on animal programs that can reinforce classroom learning.”

The Northland Field Trip Expo will feature Glensheen, Lake Superior Zoo, Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center, Superior Public Museums (S.S. Metor Maritime Museum, Fairlawn Museum, Old Firehouse and Police Musuems), Lake Superior Railroad Museum, The Duluth Depot, The St. Louis County Historical Society, Douglas County Historical Society, Duluth Children’s Museum and Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve.

The Northland Field Trip Exop will be November 16 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center, in Superior Wisconsin. There is no cost to attend and all teachers, home school parents, troop leaders and all group tour leaders are invited to attend. For more information on how to register visit bvhcenter.org