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The Greatest Treasure Hunt: World War II, The Steel Industry, and the Home Front Scrap Army

March 29, 2020

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Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


Join Seton Hall University professor James J. Kimble as he uncovers the perilous state of the American steel industry early in World War II and the battlefield disaster that almost ensued as the military’s supply of munitions began to diminish. Fortunately, the American public responded to the federal government’s widespread advertising campaigns and gathered over 5 million tons of scrap metal in a nationwide contest dubbed “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” Kimble’s lecture will show how the scrap metal drive was not only instrumental in helping win World War II, but also transformed the idea of collecting and reusing scrap into an act of patriotic duty. It will also reveal how scrap drives anticipated important aspects of the recycling industry today.

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  • Admission: Included with museum admission.
  • Free Admission
  • Jonestown


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