Monday, March 12, 2012
Join us on March 15 at 2 pm for a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps. Bill Jamerson's music and storytelling program, “Dollar a Day Boys,” will include stories, video, excerpts from his novel and original songs on his guitar. You can register for this program online or register by phone by calling the library at 812-663-2826.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt during The Great Depression. The program lasted 9 years, from 1933-1942, and during that time over three and a half million young men between the ages of 17 and 25 years of age enlisted across the country. According to the Indiana Historical Society, men in the program built 3,470 fire towers and 97,000 miles of road. They protected more than 20 million acres of land from erosion, and planted more than 2.3 billion trees. The CCC was responsible for removing nearly 15 million families from welfare, and provided the Department of Conservation with labor that was badly needed at the time.