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Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright is pleased to announce that the park will again be hosting a Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Reunion at Skyland, September 29th and September 30th. This year will be the 74th reunion held since camps were first established at Skyland (NP-1) and Big Meadows (NP-2) in May 1933.
Participants are encouraged to visit the Byrd Visitor Center and explore the highly interactive exhibit, “Within a Day’s Drive of Millions.” This new exhibit tells the story of Shenandoah’s establishment and development including the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Visitors can learn more information about the Civilian Conservation Corps by viewing a film entitled, The CCC Boys. Greeting visitors to the area is the “Iron Mike” statue erected at last year’s reunion to honor the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The reunion weekend events will focus on the Skyland Conference Hall and will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday with informal discussions and a chance to meet old friends throughout the day. A formal meeting in the Hall will begin at 7:30 in the evening followed by a fun mix of folk, sing-along music and more performed by Passage Creek.
From 1933-1942 Shenandoah National Park supervised the work of eleven Civilian Conservation Corps camps. The Skyland and Big Meadows Camps were the first in the National Park Service and were visited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in August 1933. During the course of the New Deal program over 1,200 “boys” a year worked to build facilities and to create the landscape of the park.
The CCC reunion is open to the public. For additional information, call 540-999-3494.