Civilian Conservation Corps topic of Jan. 9 history talk in Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 5, 2014 

Bellingham author Janet Oakley will discuss the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps at a free public event Thursday, Jan. 9.

Her talk, "Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941," will be part of the monthly meeting of the Whatcom County Historical Society. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall building, 121 Prospect St.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt created the CCC to provide millions of jobs for out-of-work men. In doing so, he also gave the country new roads and buildings, and beautiful parks and recreational areas. Local CCC projects included the Glacier Ranger Station, Shuksan ski shelter and the middle school gym in Lynden.

Reach DEAN KAHN at dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2291.

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