Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps: History, Memories & Legacy
Location: Community Room
Join author and historian Martin Podskoch as he speaks about his book on the history, lore, and legacy of the CCC camps in Connecticut: Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy. The book records the CCC experience for the men who passed through its cleansing days of hard work, army discipline, and camaraderie to help support their families during the Great Depression.
The CCC was a public works program that operated from 1933 to 1942, as part of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It targeted young men and veterans in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression, providing unskilled manual labor related to environmental conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands. Podskoch’s book describes the history and projects of the 21 camps located throughout the state of Connecticut, including voices from the participation of Hartford residents.
Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of seven other books: Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy of the CCC; Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts; Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts, Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches and 101 more Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches and The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country. He also writes a weekly column called “Adirondack Stories,” in five Adirondack newspapers. His latest book is The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the Exploring CT.
Marty and his wife Lynn raised their three children in an old farmhouse on the West Branch of the Delaware River in Delhi, NY where he taught 7th grade Reading. He and his wife now live on Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton, Conn.