CCC camps discussed at library May 21On Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., author/songwriter/filmmaker Bill Jamerson will give a multimedia presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps in the River Falls Public Library's lower level community room.
On Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., author/songwriter/filmmaker Bill Jamerson will give a multimedia presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps in the River Falls Public Library's lower level community room.
Over 3 million 17-25 year old young men across America enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps during The Great Depression.
They came from families on relief and were sent to work camps in America's wilderness and rural areas. They planted trees, fought forest fires, constructed roads, worked on soil erosion control programs and participated in thousands of projects restoring our nations natural resources. In the process, the CCC turned boys into men, teaching them good work habits and responsibility.
Since 1992, Jameson has interviewed hundreds of former CCC enrollees and used their stories in his PBS Documentary "Camp Forgotten," his historical novel "Big Shoulders," and CD, "Dollar-a-Day Boys."
He shares many of these stories about the men and the projects they completed across the country by taking the audience on a rollicking journey back to the days when Benny Goodman was the king of swing and a soda cost a nickel. Bill performs a half dozen original songs in each program, reads from his novel and shows a short clip from his video. The stories are sometimes hilarious, and often heart warming, his presentation is a must for anyone who enjoys 1930's history.
Call 715.426.3496 for more information.