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 - 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. American farmers increased output to supply the U. S. military and its allies, while permitting domestic food consumption to increase at the same time. All segments of American society contributed to this stunning achievement. Nevada was no exception. Mr. Wedding will highlight some of Nevada’s WWII resources from an historical archaeological perspective.
Mr. Wedding has 20 years of experience in archaeological and historical research in the western United States. He holds the position of Assistant Research Archaeologist at DRI, and when possible his research focuses on archaeological sites associated with World War II and Cold War era military training exercises in the desert regions of the Southwest. Other areas of interest include the historical archaeology of mining, transportation (particularly railroads) and ranching in the West during the 19th and early 20th Century. Although principally an historical archaeologist, Mr. Wedding also has considerable experience recording, excavating and interpreting prehistoric archaeological sites in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert regions.
This event is being offered as part of Nevada's Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month and is being sponsored by the Nevada Archaeological Association.
Admission to the program is free with regular admission or with museum membership. For more information, please call 702-822-8746 or email email@example.com.