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Rifles of World War II Lecture and Local Veterans Honored

Rifles of World War II Lecture and Local Veterans Honored

Date:Nov 14, 2013 Ages:All Price:Free Time:7:00 p.m. Venue:Dacca Barn & Fife History Museum Type:Lecture and Program Location:2820 - 54th Ave. East, Fife, WA

Join the Fife History Museum for the fourth and final free event in a series related to the latest exhibit Rights, Rations, Remembrance: Fife in World War II taking place on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm.  The event includes the presentation of colors by the Fife, Milton, Edgewood chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars followed by a lecture on World War II weaponry by Joseph Govednik of the Foss Waterway Seaport.

The presentation of colors is intended to honor the many veterans who have served their country in both times of peace and conflict.  According to the plaque originally displayed at Fife High School and presented by the school’s class of 1944, during World War II alone, over 350 Fife men and women fought for their country through military service.

Following the presentation by the VFW, Joseph Govednik will discuss the variation in rifles used by every major aggressor during World War II.  He will also outline how production of weaponry changed throughout the course of the war to meet higher demand while using fewer resources in much less time.  The talk includes real examples of rifles from the time period for the public to see their defining features up close.

Govednik currently works with the Foss Waterway Seaport as the curator of collections as well as the volunteer manager.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and masters degrees in Anthropology, Business Administration and Museum Studies. He serves on numerous boards including: Washington Museums Association, Heritage League of Pierce County and Tacoma Waterfront Association and is an active player on many other organizations and councils.

Besides Govednik’s work in the museum world, he is also an avid weapons collector.  His great knowledge on the history and operation of World War II weapons will be highlighted through his presentation of over a dozen standard-issue and widely used arms of the era.

To conclude the program, the local VFW chapter will honor local World War II veterans such as Frank Poleski.  Light dessert fare and coffee will be provided while visitors have the opportunity to mingle with local veterans, museum board members, and weapons presenter Joseph Govednik of the Foss Waterway Seaport.

The Fife History Museum and Dacca Barn are located at 2820 – 54th Avenue East, Fife, WA.  Admission to the Fife History Museum is always free.


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