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Those CCC Boys

08/19/08 8:30AM
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Listen to VPR on Friday September 19 at 6pm for a special rebroadcast of Those CCC Boys

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In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed to work on critical conservation-related projects in the U.S.

From 1933 to 1942, 3.5 million men served in the Corps. More than 40,800 worked on projects in Vermont's forests and state parks.

According the Agency of Natural Resources, their work is still visible today. If you've ever hiked a mountain trail in Vermont and used a lean-to, a fireplace, or a picnic shelter you may have experienced their handiwork. You may also have driven on roads they built or used beaches they constructed.

The American landscape was forever changed by the CCC. VPR explores how those changes occurred and how the Corps’ legacy still resonates in America in the documentary Those CCC Boys. We'll spend time with some of the original members to hear their stories.


And we'll talk with park rangers Laura Cohen of the Price William Forest Park in Virginia and Bob Audretsch at the Grand Canyon about the legacy of the CCC boys and how they transformed much of our natural and hitorical environment.


We'll also speak with historian, Neil M. Maher, Author of Nature's New Deal about the critical thinking that germinated the seeds of an environmental movement that would flourish decades later.



Photos: Courtesy of the National Park Service, National Archives and Records Adminsitration


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Here are some of the people we spoke with earlier in the year about their CCC experience.

Monday, June 23

Lanyard Benoit

Lanyard signed with the CCC in 1940 and worked in camps in Moscow and Waitsfield.



Tuesday, June 24

Herbert Hunt

Herbert signed with the CCC in 1940 and worked in a camp in Bellows Falls.



Wednesday, June 25


Casper Lyford

For a teenager, Casper saw a lot from his post in the Northeast Kingdom.




Thursday, June 26

Paul Hughes

Paul was in the CCC from 1935-1939 and was stationed at a camp in Mount Tabor, near Danby.


Friday, June 27

Interview: Director of State Parks, Craig Whipple

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb went to New Discovery State Park in Marshfield to speak with the Director of State Parks, Craig Whipple, about the lasting impact of CCC projects.


Related Links

Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy The CCC & The National Park Service On-line Book The Corps Network Vermont Civilian Conservation Corps History The National Archives Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Civilian Conservation Corps photo gallery
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