Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Executive Director Dustin Heckman Took Over at the Bong Center Effective Thursday, November 7

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As of Thursday, November 7, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is now being run under the leadership of Dustin Heckman. Heckman is from Red Wing, Minnesota. He says he has always wanted to move to the Twin Ports, and this was his chance to do so. Heckman was previously the Coordinator of the Minnesota Alliance…

Bong Center Director to Become Lighthouse Manager

Executive Director of the Bong Center will start part-time as Split Rock Lighthouse Manager November 1st.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors now has a new manager. Hayes Scriven, current Executive Director of the Bong Veterans Center in Superior was named the new manager Thursday. He will be replacing Lee Radzak, who stepped down from the position after 36 years in April. The lighthouse is a big part of Scriven’s life, he even…

Memorial Weekend BBQ at the Bong Veterans Historical Center

Over 600 turned out to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds packed the Bong Historical Center parking lot for their Memorial Weekend Barbecue and Military Vehicle Show. According to organizers, before 11 a.m. 600 people had been through the museum. At the free event they could climb the rock wall, bounce in bouncy houses, and explore military vehicles with veterans. “They sacrificed so we can do this kinda…

Bong Center to Host Event Honoring Memorial Day

The Event is Happening Saturday, May 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Staff and volunteers at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center invite the community to honor Memorial Day with them Saturday, May 25 starting at 11:00 a.m. The Center will host a free BBQ for families, with food provided by Blackwood’s. The idea for a Memorial Day community BBQ began in 2018. Staff anticipated 300 people to…

The Northland Remembers America’s Ace of Aces Richard I. Bong

Northland Uncovered: The Richard I. Bong Veterans Center is in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What started as a plane and a dream has now turned into a haven for Northland veterans. From Poplar, Wis. farm boy to America’s icon, U.S. Army Air Force Major Richard Bong was one of nation’s most decorated fighter pilots during World War II. “He ended up becoming America’s ace of aces shooting down 40 confirmed enemy air…

Coffee Conversation: Stuffie Boot Camp, Wellness Fair at the Bong Veterans Center

A Busy Week Ahead at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All Northland stuffed animals are to report to boot camp Friday, March 1 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. The boot camp is designed to be a fun and educational event for children Pre-K through third grade. Anyone who has a stuffed animal is welcome to join in on the fun. The event…

Escape Rooms Take Over The Bong Historical Center For A Good Cause

This Weekend Only! You Can "Escape The Bong" With 3 Different Themed Room Options.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott get locked into a mobile escape room with 1 hour to get out! Watch the video above to see if they got out in time! Northland, you get the chance to try out the 3 new escape rooms that are only here for this weekend only! Grab…

Bong Veterans Historical Center to Host Three Escape Rooms

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is Celebrating 2018 Attendance Numbers, Three New Escape Rooms will Also Debut in February

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Exciting, new adventures are in store for the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. The Center is celebrating an increase of nearly 1,300 paid visitors in 2018 compared to 2017. This is the second highest attendance increase in the center’s history and the highest paid attendance in ten years. “We have continued our commitment to…

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center to Host Small Thanksgiving Meal

Staff at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Have Decided to Host a Free, Small (Up to 40 People) Thanksgiving Meal

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Staff members and volunteers from the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center have decided to host a free, small Thanksgiving meal for residents in the Twin Ports to enjoy. The Center is emphasizing that this year’s inaugural meal will remain small (up to 40 people). However, it’s a tradition they hope to keep going for years to come….

New World War II Exhibit at Bong Center

New Exhibit Opens in Collaboration with CAF

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Northlanders can now get a new look at World War II at the Bong Veterans Historical Center. In collaboration with the Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron, the Bong opened a new exhibit tonight, featuring half of the collection that was previously at the Bong Airport. The museum says, it allows them to tell new stories from World War…

Commemorative Air Force Exhibit to Open Thursday in Superior

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center will Host a Grand Opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has teamed up over the past year with the Commemorative Air Force – Lake Superior Squadron (CAF), bringing a new exhibit to life in Superior. The Center is hosting a grand opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. with free beer and wine tasting for the public to enjoy. Hayes Scriven,…

Wisconsin Historical Society Asks Community How to Assemble New Museum

Community Gathers at Bong Veterans Historical Center to Give Feedback

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s not everyday that a whole community is asked what they want to go into a museum. But that’s the opportunity people in Superior got on Monday, as the Wisconsin Historical Society sought feedback about what should be exhibited at their upcoming museum, being built on Capitol Square in Madison. 33 other cities around Wisconsin will also have the…

Massive Military Display Saturday in Superior

The Military and Civilian Vehicle Show Starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Twin Ports area residents will have the chance to check out the Military and Civilian Vehicle Show presented by United Veterans Construction. “This year’s show promises to be even bigger than the year before,” said Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center. Scriven…

Students Get the Curator Experience at Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is letting students get a sense of what life is like as a museum curator. This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program. Eighteen students from Superior Middle School spend a week at the museum working on an exhibit about a local veteran. The exhibits will…

Richard I. Bong Historical Center to Host Free BWCA Trip for Veterans

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This summer, officials with the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are stepping up to give back to Northland veterans in a big way – through a free trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. They’re doing this to support the many veterans in the region and hope time in the wilderness will help them heal, recover…

Memorial Day At the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

These veterans want more people to respect and appreciate the men and women who fought for our country

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Many people chose to spend their Memorial Day at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior to pay their respect to fallen heroes. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center offered free admissions to veterans during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s just one of the many ways to get people to understand what this…

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Hosts Community BBQ

Almost a thousand people showed up throughout the day for food, some fun and it was all free

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has combined Memorial Day and the kick off to summer with a community barbecue. Almost a thousand people showed up throughout the day for food, some fun and it was all free. “For the center, our job is to preserve and honor veterans stories and their history,” said Executive Director…

Motorcylcle Group Helps Fulfill Dying Man’s Wish

The Pigs LGGD are a group of motorcyclists that like to help others.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you had one last wish, what would you ask for? For one man his request was simple. Get out and go for a ride. The Pigs LGGD (Let’s Go Give or Get Donations)  are a group of motorcyclists that like to help others. And on Saturday they helped a terminally ill man check one thing off his…

Volunteers Keep Historical Landmarks Functioning in the Northland

Northland Uncovered: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s National Volunteer week across America and it’s volunteers that help keep our favorite historical landmarks running throughout the country. It’s easy to see Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center volunteer Debbie Ritzinger’s passion for her job. “I read the letters, I touch everything that comes in, I work with wonderful people,” said Ritzinger. Ritzinger has been…