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The CCC Boys of Tennessee: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps
- Date: 11/06/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
- Location: Germantown Community Library
1925 Exeter Road
Germantown, Tennessee 38138
Pre-registrations is required and begins October 16. Call 901-757-7323.
About the Program
Join us as Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps during this program sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Dressed in uniform, Jamerson shares stories about the CCC, reads excerpts from his book, shows a short video from his PBS film, and sings original folk songs with his guitar. It's a nostalgic program with songs, much laughter and many heartfelt stories. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring CCC photos or memorabilia.
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine-year run, over 76,000 men served in Tennessee. The men were 17-25 years of age and the camps were run by the army with an average of 45 camps in operation for each year. Over 110 million dollars was spent in Tennessee operating the camps over their nine-year existence. The enrolllees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money provided relief for their families who were desperate for food and basic necessities. Sergeant Alvin York was a captain of a CCC camp.
The CCC in Tennessee planted millions of trees, built hundreds of bridges and dams, and constructed over a thousand miles of roads. They worked on soil erosion control, repaired gulley’s, built check dams, stocked fish, fought forest fires, and built a dozen state parks including Great Smokies, Cumberland Mountain, Harrison Bay, Montgomery Bell, Norris Dam, Pickett, Pickwick Landing and Reelfoot Lake. The men worked also worked on farms repairing gullies, cleaning ditches, fertilizing fields, terracing hills and building earthen dams.
The C’s also helped out during emergencies, such as fighting fires and flood relief. Each camp spent approximately $5,000 a month in town, which was a boast to the local economies during The Great Depression.
About Bill Jamerson
Bill Jamerson has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC-built national and state parks in over twenty states.
Along with a novel and CD of songs, Jamerson produced the film, "Camp Forgotten: The CCC in Michigan," which aired on 58 PBS stations in 1994. For more information, visit Jamerson's website at billjamerson.com. For information on the corps, visit ccclegacy.org.
Jamerson is available for a telephone interview at 906-420-3100.