The aims of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were to provide jobs to young men and veterans, assist their struggling families and at the same time conduct conservation projects to reverse decades of environmental degradation, improve public lands and develop parks, trails and campgrounds for public enjoyment.
Projects ranged from trail building and tree planting to erosion control and insect eradication. North Lake, Devil’s Tombstone, Woodland Valley and Beaverkill State Campgrounds in the Catskill Park were developed with Corps labor. Area CCC camps operated from six months to several years between 1933 and 1941.
The Mountain Top Historical Society of Greene County will host a virtual program with author Diane Galusha on her book Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills (Black Dome Press, 2008) set for Thursday, April 6th.
The presentation will provide background on the Depression-era program for unemployed young men and will offer details on the operation and accomplishments of the four principal camps that housed them in the Catskills region: Boiceville, Tannersville, Margaretville and Breakabeen.
Diane Galusha is the author of several books of local and regional history and is the president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown in Delaware County.
This program will begin at 7 pm and will be held via Zoom. For more information or to register, email email@example.com, call (518) 589-6657, or visit the Mountain Top Historical Society of Greene County website.