Address
1949 East Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Matthew McLane
Agnes Barsalow, Chapter President
phone: 802-434-3969

Description

For the past twenty years Vermont CCC Alumni have been donating artifacts and remembrances of their time in the "C's." There hope all along has been that this collection will be displayed in a museum where it can tell the story of the CCC to future generations - so that they can learn from it, and maybe be inspired by it.

With the advent of the World Wide Web we are now aiming to "build" our museum online in order to make it available to the most possible people

We are the Vermont CCC Alumni Association. We started in the early 1980s when a group of original CCC boys living in Vermont formed a a local chapter of the National Association of CCC Alumni - we're "Chapter 112." Today the Association welcomes members who are alumni of all conservation corps and youth corps, as well as all people interested in the history of the CCC in Vermont!

History

The CCC was created by President Roosevelt in the spring of 1933 - almost immediately after he took office. Roosevelt was elected with a mandate to "do something" about the terrible unemployment of the Great Depression. In his famous "first 100 days" in office he enacted the "alphabet soup" of government programs designed to put Americans back to work. Of all these programs, the CCC was one that was closest to Roosevelt's personal passion for conservation - and the CCC earned the nickname "Roosevelt's Forest Army."

Vermont State Forester Perry Merrill was one of the first in the country to recognize the potential of the CCC. Within weeks of the creation of the program he had enlisted CCC crews to work on projects in Vermont. Eventually, Vermont had one of the greatest number of CCC Camps anywhere in the country.

The "CCC Boys" who worked at these camps went on to have long and varied lives. But many of them looked back on their CCC days as something valuable and special. As they grew older they began to tell the stories of those days more and more. Here are those stories .