Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information
Dollar-A-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps
Come to Decorah Public Library on Tuesday October 15 at 6:30 p.m. for an entertaining evening with popular presenter Bill Jamerson, whowill share a program about the Civilian Conservation Corps featuring storytelling and original songs. Jamerson will also perform at Arlin Falck Assisted Living at 2 p.m. that same day and event organizers invite the public to attend.
Decorah Public Library 202 Winnebago Street Decorah, IA 52011
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 from 1933-1942, over 3.5 million young men between the ages of 17 and 25 enlisted across the country. Enrolled men lived in work camps and paid a dollar a day.
In Iowa, over 58,000 young men participated in the program. They planted trees, constructed roads, dams, and bridges, and fought forest fires. The CCC worked closely with farmers installing fencing, repairing gullies, creating drainage ditches, terracing hills and implementing other soil conservation measures. The CCC also built or improved nine state parks in the state.
The camps not only revitalized the state’s natural resources but also taught the young men job skills and discipline. In his talk, Jamerson will share many stories he has picked up from former CCC Boys he has met over the years and will discuss some of their work projects in Iowa.
Jamerson will be available to sign books after his talk.