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Bill Jamerson

Bill Jamerson, author of the book Big Shoulders, will be presenting a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps. The presentation includes telling stories, singing original songs, showing a video clip and reading excerpts from his novel.
When Apr 14, 2015
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Arlington Place, Grundy Center Iowa
Contact Name Molly Mauer
Contact Phone 825-3607
Attendees Open to the public
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The CCC planted over 30 million trees in Iowa, built bridges, erected telephone poles, and constructed hundreds of miles of roads.  In Iowa, the number one job was working on farms repairing gullies, terracing hills, digging ponds, and soil conservation projects.  The CCC also stocked fish in rivers and lakes, repaired river banks, and fought forest fires. CCC Boys also built a dozen state parks including Beeds Lake, Lake McBride, Black Hawk State Park, Stone State Park, Lake Wapello, Lake Keomah, Fort Defiance, Backbone, Lacy Keosauqua and Clear Lake. At the parks they built the lodges, bath houses, shelters, hiking trails, water fountains and park furniture. The camps not only revitalized Iowa’s natural resources but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills.  There was a CCC camp in Eldora where their major project was constructing Pine Lake State Park.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run, 49,000 thousand young men served in Iowa. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money put food on the table for the families back home.  There was an average of 29 camps in operation in Iowa for each year.  The money the CCC Boys spent in towns on the weekends helped keep merchants in business.

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