People gathered at the Ottumwa Public Library for an interactive way to remember the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC.
Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson sang and told stories before an audience interested in the history of the CCC. The CCC was a federal works program created in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. Many members in the audience had relatives who served in the CCC. Jamerson said the lessons of hardship the CCC endured are still relevant today.
??Over 52,000 17-25 year olds here in Iowa enlisted. It paid them a dollar a day. $25 a month was sent home to their families and that put food on the table for a lot of them. You have to remember back then people were too proud to accept relief. When they had a son working, they did accept that money.??
The CCC came to an end after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jamerson also has written a book called ??Big Shoulders?? which is a coming-of-age historical novel about a boy who served in the CCC.