Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy, with author Marty Podskoch, Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 pm

at the Morris Public Library
CT Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
Event Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy, with author Marty Podskoch, Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 pm, at the Morris Public Library

Author and historian Marty Podskoch from East Hampton, CT will give a presentation on his new book, Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy on Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 pm, at the Morris Public Library, 4 North Street, Morris, CT.

            This year is the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It began on March 31, 1933 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. The US Army supervised the camps which had approx. 200 men (18-25, with families on relief) who enrolled for 6 months and worked a 40-hour week for $30/mo. The government sent $25 a month home and the boys received $5 spending money. The boys got good food, uniforms, shelter, and medical care. At first they lived in tents; later they lived in wooden buildings.

Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire towers, observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

            After the presentation Marty Podskoch will have his new Conn. CCC book available for sale and signing and also his seven books on the Catskills & Adirondack mountains. Presently, Podskoch is writing a travel book, Connecticut 169 Club: A Passport and Guide and also conducting research on the CCC camps in Rhode Island.

This FREE event is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.

Registration: 860-567-7440.