HAMMOND | Bill Jamerson presents “Dollar-A-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St.
Imagine that you're 17 and trying to survive during the Great Depression. Food is scarce, jobs are non-existent and you've turned to petty crime to eke out a living.
One day you hear about a new job works program created by the federal government that pays a dollar a day. You soon find yourself in the Wisconsin northwoods, spending long days planting trees and building roads.
Over the next year, you put on 20 pounds, develop good work habits, gain confidence, make lifelong friends and find a job when you leave camp.
The CCC was responsible for building many of Indiana’s state parks. More than 2.5 million men enlisted, and today their children and grandchildren have a keen interest in it, often showing up with CCC photo albums and memorabilia, sharing stories about their relatives.
Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the Civilian Conservation Corps, produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD, and wrote a historical novel. He presents "Dollar-A-Day Boys" all across the Midwest.
Following the program, Jamerson will sign copies of his novel, “Big Shoulders,” available for purchase.
The Hammond Historical Society and Friends of the Hammond Public Library jointly sponsor this free program. Parking is at Sibley Street and Sohl Avenue.