The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was formed in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to alleviate poverty and unemployment during the Great Depression. Twenty-one camps were established in Connecticut towns and state parks. The workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams. They stocked fish; built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins and telephone lines, fought fires; and planted millions of trees. A decade later in 1942 the CCC disbanded as men were mobilized to fight in World War II.
Author and historian Marty Podskoch discusses his book “Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their Histories, Memories and Legacy”. Podskoch has written eight books, three on fire towers including Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, and Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore. He also wrote two volumes of Adirondack Stories and his book, The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country, is rated the “Best Selling Travel Book,” in the Adirondacks. His two books on the CCC are Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and now Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. Podskoch reveals fascinating stories of these camps, the men who inhabited them, and the conservation and construction work they undertook.
The program is presented as a collaboration of the Salisbury Association Historical Society and the Scoville Memorial Library. It takes place at the Scoville Library at 4 p.m. Saturday September 24. The program is free of charge.