Musican/Storyteller Bill Jamerson Presents A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Michigan's Civilian Conservation Corps
This event was held on May 7, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, during the Great Depression. Bill Jamerson of Escanaba has spent years researching the Corps. In addition to performing, Jamerson will discuss his research and show a short clip from his award-winning PBS film, "Camp Forgotten: The CCCâ€™s in Michigan." He will also read excerpts from his novel, "Big Shoulders," which has the Conservation Corps as its setting.
From 1933-42, over 100,000 young men, 17 - 25 years of age, enlisted in Michigan's CCC, planting over 484 million trees, fighting forest fires, restoring riverbanks, building lookout towers, roads, fish hatcheries and making countless other natural improvements to the environment.