Civilian Conservation Corps
program Sunday at library
Saturday, March 09, 2013 5:00 AM
A piece of the past is coming to the Jefferson County Public Library Sunday at 2 p.m.
Author, director and musician Bill Jamerson will use his blended style of storytelling to tell the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC, as it became known, was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run from 1933 to 1942, over three and a half million men between the ages of 17 and 25 years of age enlisted across the country.
Kim Kreuzburg, library assistant in charge of adult programing and literacy, said that the CCC was responsible for much of the architecture in Cliffty Park and part of Crystal Beach.
"He (Jamerson) does this program around the country," Kreuzburg said. "He contacted us and thought that, because of our local connection that we might be interested."
Jamerson's novel Big Shoulders follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old from Detroit who enlists in the CCC in 1937. He has also produced over a dozen documentaries for Michigan Public Television.
In his presentation, Jamerson shares stories he has picked up first hand from former CCC enlistees he has met over the years. Audience members are encouraged to bring photos or other CCC memorabilia for the show.
"It's just a very very cool show," Kreuzburg said. "It's a light program. It's good for the entire family. There are songs, stories and a video. He has good fun. I think it's a remarkable story."
For more information about the program please call the library at 265-2744 or visit billjamerson.com.