Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekend Road Trip to Austin?

From February 1-June 30, the Civilian Conservation Corps will be on display as a special exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas. Once dubbed the “Tree Army” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC display will include photographs, maps, postcards, original CCC-fabricated furniture, camp newsletters that were located throughout parks in Texas, and much more.
The CCC was established as part of F.D.R.’s New Deal package during the Great Depression. A few of the major projects the CCC completed includes helping to build roads, lodges, bridges, trails, cabins, and recreation halls in hundreds of state, local, and national parks across the United States. It was designed to help open new jobs for the many young and unemployed men during the harsh economic depression. 
TAMU Press has published a book about the CCC and its influence on state parks, specifically focusing on its impact on Texas State Parks. Click here to see more about the book, Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, written by Cynthia A.Brandimarte, with Angela Reed.