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CCC Reunion slated for June 9 at Winthrop American Legion; Author to speak


WINTHROP - The American Legion Post 514, 675 state Route 11C, Winthrop, will host a reunion of Civilian Conservation Corps. alumni, family and friends at 6 p.m. June 9.

They will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the CCC by sharing their stories and pictures of the CCC camps.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Camps were set up in many New York towns, state parks, and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites and dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

Author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a short Power Point presentation on the history, memories and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in New York. CCC alumni will have time to share their stories of their CCC camps both in New York and other states.

Podskoch will be signing his new book, Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Its History, Memories and Legacy. The 352-page book contains over 500 pictures and illustrations, 185 interviews, 26 maps, and 25 charts.

Podskoch is the author of five other books: Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, two Adirondack fire tower books: Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts, and Northern Districts. He also has two other books, Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches and Adirondack Stories II: 101 More Historical Sketches which are from his weekly-illustrated newspaper columns.

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