Enrichment, Educational Outreach, and Special Projects
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Presenter: Greg Haynes, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
During the Cold War, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) was used as the nation’s nuclear testing ground; from 1951 to 1992 100 atmospheric and 828 underground tests were conducted there. Over the years, historic preservation efforts by Desert Research Institute (DRI) on behalf of the National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office (NNSA/NFO) have documented a wide variety of cultural resources on the NNSS from Native American archaeological sites to late twentieth century Cold War-era architectural resources. This talk will discuss the kinds of cultural resources present on the NNSS but will focus on two specially designed Cold War properties: the Huron King Test Chamber and what are colloquially known as Glass Houses.
Photo: The Huron King Test Chamber in 2022. This mobile chamber tested the effects of an electromagnetic pulse on a defense communications satellite housed within its interior.
FREE public talk open to all!
Whether you're a hiker, mountain climber, tourist, nature lover, history buff or someone who loves to explore the great outdoors in Nevada, you've seen plenty of spectacular vistas, intriguing rock formations, ancient dwellings and mystical petroglyphs in your travels within our state. Surrounded by such beauty, it's easy to see why these places are often worthy of protection. However, more and more prehistoric and historic cultural places are being damaged by graffiti, bullet holes, burning and other forms of vandalism. How can we protect these places and restore them to their natural beauty?
Join Rayette Martin, MA, public archaeologist and executive director of Nevadans For Cultural Preservation at the Clark County Library where she will talk about the devastating problem of vandalism on our public lands and why it's necessary to preserve and protect our cultural heritage. Rayette will explain the challenging techniques of graffiti removal from sensitive cultural sites like ancient rock writings, where and how to report vandalism, what documentation and restoration efforts are happening now in Nevada, and how to become more involved in preserving Nevada's natural and cultural resources for this and future generations to enjoy, be inspired by, and to learn from.
NVFCP will not be in attendance this year but there will be other organizations and resources available.
This will be a free, all-ages, whole-family library event that encourages our local community to get outdoors and explore the myriad activities available in Nevada.
Visit the Sunrise Library Events Website for more information.
Save the date!
NVFCP hopes to have a booth again this year inside the Nevada Division of Wildlife tent to promote the OHV Preservation Ambassador Program and the importance of reporting damage that is found at cultural sites across the state. Last year we saw hundreds of people at the Saturday booth and we look forward to meeting hundreds more!
Save the date!
This talk is part of the Sloan Canyon Speaker Series organized by the Bureau of Land Management.
NVFCP will be providing a talk covering subjects from petroglyphs to mining relics with a focus on how we can enjoy and help protect the heritage of the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.
More info to come.
Help NVFCP clean up a historic ranch!
Learn about local history, graffiti removal, and how to be good stewards of our cultural heritage.
Sponsored by a grant from Fox Trail Trust through the Nevada Offroad Association!
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