Danby Talk to Discuss Civilian Conservation Corps

Danby Talk to Discuss Civilian Conservation Corps

Danby Talk to Discuss Civilian Conservation Corps


A forester is shown instructing Civilian Conservation Corps recruits in tree planting techniques in this 1934 photograph.

On Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society meeting room in the Griffith Library on South Main Street, Danby, Vermont author Judith Edwards will give a multimedia presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Vermont. The presentation will follow the Society’s regular monthly meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

The CCC was a New Deal program during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, designed to give unemployed young men worthwhile public jobs. What jumps out at the visitor in Vermont state parks and the Green Mountain National Forest are the roads, stone buildings and fireplaces dating back to the l930s and the CCC. They were built by young men who made CCC camps their home from 1933 to 1937. Edwards has gathered information on their tasks, travails and stories, seeking details and anecdotes written and told by CCC members all over the country.

The presentation will focus on the only CCC camp in Mount Tabor or Danby, the one in Mount Tabor Village (or Brooklyn Village). Facts about the CCC, its inception, its structure and its accomplishments in the midst the Great Depression will be combined with specific information about the camp. Camp enrollees and personnel changed geographical placement frequently! You may be surprised at the camp numbers and names included in your area.

The presentation is not a mere lecture. There is music of the era, large storyboards and artifacts as a backdrop, and Edwards keeps it lively and engaging, to hold your interest in a subject about which she is passionate. There will be ample time at the end of the presentation for questions. She would also be delighted to hear from members of the audience who have family, long gone, who were part of the Civilian Conservation Corps phenomenon.

The first Vermont title in the Department of Libraries’ recording program for the blind and physically handicapped is ‘Invasion on the Mountain,’ by Edwards, the first in a trilogy of historical fiction for middle school readers about the Civilian Conservation Corps on Mount Ascutney in the 1930s.


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