Named in honor of the United States’s all-time ace pilot, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center opened in 2002 and is a popular destination in the Twin Ports area. Initially intended as a space to honor and educate the public about those who served in World War II, the Center’s mission has since expanded to include veterans from subsequent conflicts. Key to its mission is the preservation of archival materials related to veterans and the home front during foreign conflicts. Since 2000, the Center has collected more than 10,000 artifacts, among them letters, diaries, uniforms, weapons, and newspapers. During its first decade of operation, the NEH provided crucial support as the Center developed a system to preserve these items in stabilized environments. With the help of three Preservation and Access grants, which helped it hire expert consultants and purchase materials, the Center ensures our military heritage is preserved for future generations.
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