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“Connecticut’s Civilian Conservation Corps CCC Camps”

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Sunday Afternoon Talks

Sunday, May 7th 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Lovell Room

Free And Open To Public

Photo of CCC Thomaston DEEP State Park

The Stratford Library will conclude “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, May 7th at 2 p.m. with Author/Historian Martin Podskoch and his Power Point presentation, “Connecticut’s CCC Camps”.

The talk is being held in conjunction with the 90th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and its work in Connecticut.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. CCC camps were set up with workers who built trails, roads, campsites, dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins and telephone lines, fought fires and planted millions of trees.

In Connecticut there were 21 CCC camps. In the first year 13 camps were set up in Connecticut towns and state parks and forests including West Cornwall, Housatonic Meadows, Niantic Military Reservation, Hampton, Natchaug, Haddam, Cockaponset, Union, Nipmuck, New Fairfield, Squantz Pond, Cobalt, Meshomasic, Voluntown, Pachaug, Thomaston, Black Rock, East Hartland, Tunxis, West Goshen, Mohawk; Clinton, Cockaponset, and Burrville, Paugnut. The Army Government Dock in New London was the supply depot for all the camps. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of 11 books including The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring the North Country; The Connecticut 169 Club and the Rhode Island 39 Club.  He also writes a weekly column called “Adirondack Stories,” in five Adirondack newspapers.

The “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series, hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford, is held from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Stratford Library Lovell Room.  The series concludes in May but will return to the Library on October 1st when the Library reopens on Sundays.

For further information visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org or call the Library at: 203-385-4162

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