CASPIAN—The first special program scheduled as part of “Thursday Evenings at the Museum,” will take place May 16 at the Iron County Museum.
Bill Jamerson will present a program of stories and songs about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In addition, a large display of CCC artifacts and photographs will be on exhibit.
The CCC was a federal works program created in the heart of the Great Depression. There were over 30 camps spread across the Upper Peninsula. Five of them were established in Iron County: Paint Lake and Crystal Falls in 1933, Gibbs City in 1934 and Bewabic and James Lake in 1935. From 1933 to 1942, the camps in Michigan housed approximately 112,000 young men between the ages of 17 and 25.
They planted millions of tree seedlings grown at the nursery at Watersmeet in the Ottawa Hiawatha National Forests. They also restored the wetlands at Seney Wildlife Refuge. In addition, they built the ski jump at Pine Mountain and constructed Bewabic and Gogebic state parks.
Visitors to the first Thursday Evening at the Museum event are encouraged to bring former CCC enrollees who may wish to share their personal stories along with any photos, scrapbooks or other CCC memorabilia.
For more information about the program, visit Bill’s website at www.billjamerson.com or call the Iron County Museum at 265-2617.
Sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the museum, the program and the display are in celebration of the 50th birthday of the Iron County Historical Society.
Doors to the museum will open at 6:30 p.m. May 16 and the program will start at 7 p.m. and admission donation of $3 per person is requested to cover the cost of refreshments.