Please join us on Monday, October 16, at 7 pm at the North Chittenden Grange Hall, 3 Lower Middle Road, N. Chittenden, VT for a program honoring the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC). Learn the impact of the program, some of which seeded development of Vermont State Parks, State Forests, and winter recreation areas that we enjoy today. Thirty CCC camps operated in Vermont in 1937, and between 1933 and 1942, a total of 40,868 individuals worked in Vermont CCC camps. Local projects include the Aiken Side Camp in Mendon, the Okemo Camp in Ludlow, the Coolidge State Forest Camp in Plymouth, and Side Camps in Wallingford.
After retirement, newfound interests led Martin Podskoch to become an author and historian recognized for his extensive work documenting the history of the Catskills, Adirondack Fire Towers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. His first travel guide, The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country has become the best-selling travel guide book in the Adirondacks. In researching the history.
The CCC began on March 31, 1933, under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Great Depression. Camps were set up in many towns, state parks and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.
This program is free, handicap accessible, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.