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Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa

May 04, 2017

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal program to help young men and their families during the depression years. Iowa had about 50 camps and nearly 50,000 men enrolled in the CCC. Most people know of the work in state parks, but in Iowa, about 75 percent of the projects dealt with soil erosion and conservation and forestry.

Join the Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education Program on Monday, May 15, as our speaker Linda McCann shares the stories of 12 men who were in the CCC. McCann continues to research the remainder of the state and wants to find more men to interview.

McCann is an Iowa native and continues to live in Iowa by choice. She loves Iowa history and has been surprised at what she finds to research and write about. She has ten books published by The Iowan Books, all dealing with Iowa history. The CCC is her newest project, and it is planned to have five books on the subject in order to cover the state. She next plans to write about the POW camps during World War II.

McCann will have books for sale after her presentation.

The Senior Education program is held each Monday at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation or special accommodations may call GRMC’s communications and development office at 641-236-2590 by the Thursday before the program.