THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Area Presentation on CCC 80th Anniversary
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. The federal works program was created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run beginning in 1933, a total of 92,000 young men worked in Wisconsin camps. There was an average of 46 camps in operation each year and enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families monthly. The money kept many families from starving.
In Wisconsin, the CCC planted 265 million trees, built 483 bridges, erected over 4,000 miles of telephone poles, constructed 4,300 miles of truck trails, stocked half a billion fish, fought forest fires, and built several state parks including Rib Mountain, Interstate, Devil's Lake, Peninsula Park, Copper Falls and Wyalusing.
The camps not only revitalized Wisconsin's natural resources but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills. There were camps located near Wausaukee in Athelstane and in Dunbar, Crandon, Florence, Laona and Lakewood.
Upper Peninsula based author, Bill Jamerson, will present a musical and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps in celebration of National Library Week. He will tell stories about the CCC Boys and sing original songs with his guitar. He has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of theirbuilt national and state parks. His presentation is as entertaining as it is important; and as honest as it is fun. It's about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of wit, charm and strength.
He will talk about some of the interesting enrollees he met over the years and CCC projects he visited and show a short video clip from his PBS film. A question and answer period and book signing will follow. Former CCC men and their families are encouraged to attend and to bring photo albums and camp memorabilia.
The event will be sponsored by the Mid County Library and Friends of the Library on Saturday, April 20th at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Wausaukee.