Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Author Bob Pasquill Lecture and Book Signing at the Central Library

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama
Have you traveled the road to Pea Vine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park? Stayed in a stone cabin at Cheaha State Park? Visited the Moundville Archeological Museum south of Tuscaloosa? These were built by the CCC, often called “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” during the Great Depression.

The CCC (the Civilian Conservation Corps) was one of the federal make-work projects of the era, one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.

Bob Pasquill, Alabama’s devoted historian of the Civilian Conservation Corp (the CCC), opens the Birmingham Public Library’s showcase of federal programs during the Great Depression. His illustrated talk takes place in the Birmingham Public Library’s Arrington Auditorium at 2 p.m. Brian Rushing of the Freshwater Land Trust will also speak, presenting the continuing legacy of Alabama’s CCC.

The work of the CCC in Alabama will also be highlighted in the Digging Out of the Great Depression-Federal Programs at Work exhibition which opens on November 1 in the Birmingham Public Library Library Gallery.

Pasquill, an archeologist with the U. S. Forest Service, will sign copies of his book The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942: A Great and Lasting Good at the exhibit in the Library Gallery following his talk.

What: Guest Lecture and Exhibit Opening for Digging Out of the Great Depression-Federal Programs at Work
Where: Central Library, Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley, 3rd floor
When: Sunday, November 1
Time: 2:00 p.m.

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