Prairie Forge Author to speak in Gering June 28

Prairie Forge Author to speak in Gering June 28

James Kimble, author of “Prairie Forge: the Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” will be at the Legacy of the Plains Museum to speak about his book on June 28 at 6:30.

Kimble describes Nebraska’s effort to collect and recycle scrap metal for war munitions in 1942. The United States needed scrap iron to make everything from ships to bullets. Omaha World Herald Editor, Henry Doorley implemented a three week state-wide campaign that united Nebraskans in friendly competition with each other. Doorley’s campaign jump-started the rest of the United States to support the war effort through scrap iron drives as well.  

Kimble’s book was chosen as the One Book One Nebraska selection this year. Copies of “Prairie Forge” are available at area libraries.