Did you know that South Dakota was bombed by Japanese Fu-go balloons during World War II? Join the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library for a December Lunch & Learn as Dr. Arley Fadness teaches about the thousand balloons were launched from the Japanese mainland in late 1944 and in 1945. These balloon-borne bombs targeted all of North America. Nine landings have been discovered on South Dakota soil.
Arley Fadness was born and in Webster, South Dakota. He is a graduate of Augustana Academy, Augustana University, the Boeing company drafting school, Pacific Lutheran University, Luther Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. His Doctor of Ministry degree focusing on parish revitalization. Dr. Fadness served parishes in Arizona, Minnesota, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Dr. Fadness is a retired draftsman, clergy, and active history enthusiast, and writer. He has worked on blueprints for Boeings, architects, and Ed Yost, the inventor of the modern hot air balloon. Arley is the author of the art, science and history of ballooning in his book titled “Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies.” Soon to be published in 2021 through The History Press is his latest book “Capturing The Younger Brothers: The Untold Story of South Dakota’s Asle Sorbel.”
This event will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room and with a zoom option. Register online at bit.ly/vplballoons
The program will take place Friday, December 3rd at noon. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch, and refreshments will be served! The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.
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