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New Executive Director at Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Updated: November 08, 2019 05:37 PM

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior has a new executive director who began working yesterday. The Bong Center's Board of Directors selected Dustin Heckman to become the museum's new executive director.
 
Heckman has been an executive director for other Minnesota historical societies in Austin and Red Wing, but he is a coordinator for a local history organization in the state that's growth caught the eye of the Bong Center. 

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"I've been working in local history organizations for about twelve years now, mostly in southern Minnesota," said Dustin Heckman. "For the last two years, I've led a statewide organization in Minnesota called the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM)."

The MALHM has museum and other local history employees meet up from across the state to discuss how they preserve and present history at their respective locations.

Heckman also married into a military family, and looks forward to working with the community to promote the center's importance in the Twin Ports.

"It was just an amazing feeling of having that opportunity to come here and work with veterans and tell veteran stories," Heckman said.

Heckman aims to the historical center one on the major tourism staples for visitors travelling to the Twin Ports.

He is replacing the former director, Hayes Scriven, who resigned after filling that position for over two years, to become the site manager at the Split Rock Lighthouse.

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