Bong Center to Reopen June 1: What to know before you visit UPDATED: June 18, 2020

As the sign says, we love visitors at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center! The opportunity to hear visitors talk about their military experience or that of a loved one and to see the look on a visitors face the first time they get up close with the P-38 is indescribable. We are happy to announce that we will be reopening the Center for visitors beginning on Monday, June 1. Our staff and volunteers will be routinely cleaning areas of the Center throughout the day as well as each evening to ensure our spaces are safe for everyone coming to our facility.

In order to keep our staff, volunteers, and other visitors safe, we do have to ask for some help from everyone during this time as we follow guidelines set forth for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. With help from our visitors in following these guidelines, the Center will be able to safely reopen and share the amazing stories that are told in our space.

Here is what our visitors need to know:

  1. If you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms such as fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 related symptoms, please delay your visit to the Center.
  2. If you have recently come in contact with someone suspected or lab confirmed to be ill with COVID-19, please delay your visit to the Center.
  3. Face coverings are required for all visitors to enter the facility. Exceptions will be made for children under the age of 2 and for those with a pre-existing health condition that would be worsened by wearing a face covering. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth as well fit snugly to the face. If you do not have a face covering or forget yours when visiting, we will have face coverings available in a limited supply.
  4. Upon arrival, we ask that all visitors wash or sanitize their hands. Visitors may bring their own hand sanitizer to use. We recommend that visitors wash or sanitize their hands when leaving as well.
  5. Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be adhered to at all times. Household groups or groups traveling in the same vehicle may congregate together during their visit.
  6. To comply with guidance from Douglas County, we can only allow 50 people or less in an enclosed area with social distancing and 100 people or less for outdoor gatherings with social distancing. This may lead to visitors being asked to wait for a short period of time before entering the building or moving between spaces. We ask for your patience if this occurs when visiting.
  7. For those wishing to make a donation of items to our collection at the Center, we ask that you schedule an appointment with our Curator ahead of time. We are not able to accommodate walk-in collection donations. For more information or to contact the Curator, please visit our Collections page on the website.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, do not hesitate to contact us at (715) 392-7151 or by email at info@bong-center-old.local.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Center soon!

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