Named in honor of the United States’s all-time ace pilot, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center opened in 2002 and quickly became 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. The preservation of archival materials related to veterans and the home front during foreign conflicts is key to the center’s mission. During its first decade of operation, the NEH provided crucial support as the center developed a system to preserve these items in stabilized environments.
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