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Signs of World War II remain throughout Nevada

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This Is RenoFALLON, Nev.

The State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Archaeological Site

Stewardship Program is sponsoring a workshop on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the

Churchill County Museum. That program will highlight some of Nevada’s WWII resources from

an archaeological perspective. Jeffrey Wedding from Nevada Desert Research

discuss the types of resources remaining, how to identify them, techniques on recording them

and things to consider when determining their significance in light of the criteria for National

Register of Historic Places eligibility.

Millions of men and women joined the armed forces during World War II, moving to huge,

newly constructed and rapidly expanded military bases for training. American industry geared

up to build those training facilities and provided almost two-thirds of all the Allied military

equipment produced during the war including 297,000 aircraft, 193,000 artillery pieces, 86,000

tanks and two million army trucks. In four years, American industrial production, already the

world’s largest, doubled in size. The output of the machine-tools to make weapons tripled in

three years.

The workshop will also present information about Nevada’s Site Stewardship Program.

Increased visitation to Public Lands has overwhelmed archaeologists and law enforcement

officers. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish

and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have joined with the Nevada State Historic

Preservation Office to create a statewide volunteer site stewardship program. The state office

trains site stewards to become vital “eyes and ears” for public land management agencies.

Site stewards are crucial to the preservation of the archaeological, historic  and paleontological resources that are

abundant throughout the state. Adults who enjoy being outdoors, like to hike,

are willing to collaborate with both state and federal agencies and have a love for the past should

consider attending this workshop.

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