CROWN POINT | Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Crown Point Community Library. Admission is free.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the CCC. Jamerson's program includes stories, a short video, excerpts from his novel and original songs.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its run from 1933 to 1942, more than 2-1/2 million young men 17 to 25 enlisted.
Known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army” because they planted more than three billion trees, enrollees lived in work camps and were paid a dollar a day. Twenty-five dollars a month was sent directly to their families.
Jamerson's novel "Big Shoulders" follows a year in the life of a 17-year-old from Detroit who enlists in the CCC in 1937 and joins 200 other young men at a work camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Jamerson's folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs, telling the story of the CCC workers.
In Indiana, more than 63,000 men in the Civilian Conservation Corps planted trees, fought forest fires, improved rivers and streams, built roads and bridges. They also built Turkey Run, Ouabache, Pokagon, Fort Harrison, McCormicks Creek, Versailles and Mounds state parks. The CCC worked on many soil erosion programs for Indiana farmers, such as repairing gullies, terracing hills and introducing strip farming practices.
Audience members are encouraged to bring photo albums or other CCC memorabilia.
Visit www.crownpointlibrary.org, call Laura at (219) 306-4599 or visit billjamerson.com.