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Roosevelt’s Tree Army on menu for today’s Brown Bag Lunch in Canton

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CANTON - “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” the Civilian Conservation Corps, which planted an astonishing 3 billion trees, is the topic of the next Brown Bag Lunch.

Canton town andvillage Historian Linda Casserly and former corps member Frank White will speak about the Civilian Conservation Corps in St. Lawrence County at 12 p.m. Thursday at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public.Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

The Civilian Conservation Corps, which operated from 1933-1942, was a New Deal program initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

With millions of Americans unemployed during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps gave young men a chance to work, as well as helping to preserve and develop natural resources throughout the United States.The men were paid $30 a month, which they received as $8 cash with the balance sent home.

Mr. White enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps around 1938 and served in the CC for two years.White was the transportation driver for the camps he served in and also drove tractors

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