Plainville program will explore Civilian Conservation Corps

Plainville program will explore Civilian Conservation Corps

On Tuesday, May 15, The Plainville Historical Society will host author Marty Podskoch, who will discuss his book “Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: History, Memories and Legacy.” The program, which will be held at the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., starts at 7 p.m.

There is no cost for the program, which will include refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the author.

The Civilian Conservation Corps began in 1933 as a public works program under President Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Twenty-one CCC camps were set up in Connecticut towns, state parks and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams and fire observer towers. They also stocked fish, fought fires and planted millions of trees.

Podskoch’s book is based on documents, photographs and personal interviews.

As one Connecticut member recalled: “I was interested in the CCC because there were no jobs and I had cardboard in my shoes to cover the holes. There were eight children in my family and the money I earned helped my parents.”

Podskoch is a retired teacher and author of seven other books. Books will be available after the presentation for sale and signing.

The Historical Society is interested in Plainville connections to the CCC. If you know of any, call Rosemary Morante at 860-402-3873.

-- Press Release


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