Skip to comments.Revolutionary endeavor: Bottineau’s Jonathan Bartlett teaches Project Appleseed(ND)
Posted on 01/31/2012 6:48:50 AM PST by marktwain
BOTTINEAU It wouldn't be surprising if Jonathan Bartlett bleeds red, white and blue. The Bottineau resident has a deepening appreciation for this nation's founding fathers and early citizens and citizen soldiers.
A few years ago, Bartlett was introduced to Project Appleseed, a combination heritage and marksmanship program conducted by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. He was so captured by the experience that he continues to rise through the ranks of RWVA.
"It was inspiring. It motivated me to be involved," said Bartlett. "Something really connected with the shooting aspect and the history of our founding. Our founders inspired our free nation of today. It is inspiring to share our heritage of history and marksmanship."
Today Bartlett lives with his family on a farm near here. His father made the move to the region after a 17-year stint at North Dakota State University.
"We moved to the Turtle Mountains and started a small farm," said Bartlett. "We have pork, chickens, beef, raspberries and kind of living the country life. We home school with a lot of emphasis on history. That's probably the big reason I found interest in it."
Bartlett said he considered himself patriotic before being introduced to Project Appleseed, but has become much more enthusiastic about it after attending a program. Appleseed programs provide a look at those who were instrumental in the founding of America, particularly the citizen soldiers who stood fast for what they believed. They were marksmen who utilized skills from which today's shooters can still learn.
"I had so much fun and learned so much. I knew I wanted to be an instructor," said Bartlett. "I've done at least 10 shoots in North Dakota. Usually families come out and they have a lot of fun, learn a lot and get pretty excited.
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Everyone should attend an Appleseed shoot.
...outstanding POA training and instruction. tough AQT scoring to win your rifleman patch. last time I took the Scouts to the event, all women and teens under 18 got in for free with only the daily cost of the range...what a bargain for two days of great shooting and even better history. highly recommended!