HISTORY THROUGH SONG
Program to honor Civilian Conservation Corps
Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:00 AM
A musician and storyteller plans to bring his "History Through Song" presentation about the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s to the Carroll County Library on Monday.
Michigan-based Bill Jamerson has researched the Civilian Conservation Corps since 1992, producing a documentary for the Michigan Public Broadcast System and writing a historical novel over the years. Jamerson gathered several of the stories he uses in his program, "Dollar-a-Day Boys," from men who actually worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps throughout the years, his website said.
With food scarce and jobs all but non-existent during the Great Depression, several people turned to a job works programs created by the federal government that promised a dollar a day for work.
The Civilian Conservation Corps planted trees, fought forest fires, improved rivers and streams, built roads and bridges and constructed and improved many state and national parks, the website said. A few of the local projects completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps includes the General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky., and Clifty Falls State Park and Crystal Beach pool in Madison, Ind.
Jamerson travels throughout the Midwest to share his tribute to the men who worked in the federal program for a "dollar-a-day." Jamerson also encourages audience members to bring along their memories or stories of family members working for the Civilian Conservation Corps or any memorabilia from the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The event at the library, 136 Court St. in Carrollton, will be at 6 p.m. on Monday. The event is free and open to the public.