Bolton Bulletin 6-26-10

Reunion of Conservation Corps alumni planned

On Sunday, June 27, the Historical Society of the Town of Bolton will host a reunion of Civilian Conservation Corps alumni, family and friends from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lakeshore Dr.

The event is to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the founding of the Conservation Corps. Those attending will be encouraged to share stories and photographs of the CCC camps in Bolton.

The Bolton Historical Museum's CCC display will be temporarily moved to the library for the reunion to spark reminiscences.

From 1933 to 1942, more than 3 million young men, mostly from poor families, participated in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-82, in the northeast corner of the town of Bolton, housed as many as 200 men who spent their days planting trees, constructing trails and campsites, working on disease-eradication programs in the state's forests, building erosion control devices along stream banks and along the shores of Lake George, and constructing buildings in parks and on the islands. Many CCC alumni married local women and spent their lives as active members of the Bolton community.

Author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a short presentation on the history, lore and legacy of the Conservation Corps camps in the state. Podskoch is conducting research for a new book on the CCC in New York and Connecticut.

For details on the reunion, contact Pat Babe of the Bolton Historical Museum, at 644-9960 or Ted Caldwell, town historian, at 644-2343.

Whether or not readers attend the CCC reunion, all are encouraged to visit the town museum of local history which hosts many fascinating artifacts, photos, maps and books. We are indeed fortunate to have such an amazing museum in our town. All are invited to stop by and visit this summer.

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