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Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Fort Oglethorpe, GA – Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special weekend of programs about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, 2014. Join volunteers portraying the men of the "Tree Army" to hear how they worked to rebuild a nation from the economic disaster of the Great Depression. Living history volunteers will portray the men of the CCC, speaking with visitors throughout the weekend. Ranger and volunteer programs will be presented on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Additionally, if you or a family member were in the CCC at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, in camps MP-1, MP-2, MP-5, MP-6, or NP-4, the park invites you to participate in an oral history recording session to preserve your story in the park archives. The park encourages participants to bring family photos, letters, journals, uniforms, and other artifacts for park staff and visitors to see. Please ask for an oral history appointment with park staff at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Appointments will be on the hour beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Please call 423-752-5213 ext. 137 to make an appointment.
The Great Depression caused great stress and desperation among thousands of Americans as the economy fell apart, shattering family stability and throwing thousands out of work. Jobs were scarce and, unable to find work, tens of thousands of young men took to the roads and rails looking for work and adventure. Between 1933 and the outbreak of World War II, the CCC gave 2.5 million of these young, single men a job, an education, and a new hope for the future. In their wake, these young men transformed the nation's parks and left a legacy that visitors still enjoy today.