The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program that gave millions of young men employment on environmental projects during the Great Depression. This panel discussion will focus on CCC camps in the Tug Hill region, oral history with camp member Herbert Thorpe, and a presentation about the current Excelsior Conservation Corps.
Join the Tug Hill Commission and the Oneida County Historical Center as we explore the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) throughout the Tug Hill Region.
The CCC, fondly known as Roosevelt’s Tree Army, was a public works program developed under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. This program offered paid opportunities for young men during the Great Depression to sow the seeds of environmental conservation and civil development projects
throughout the United States. Join us to hear about the history of CCC camps in our area, projects undertaken by the Corps, and first-hand experiences from a former CCC member about life at the camps.
Marty Podskoch, Historian and Author of “Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History,
Memories, and Legacy of the CCC.” Marty will provide an overview of the Civilian Conservation Corps,
and CCC camps in the Tug Hill region.
Herb Thorpe, Former CCC member, Former Tuskegee Airman, will provide a first-hand oral history and
an experiential account of life in CCC camps.
Patricia Shulenberg, Project Specialist NYS Tug Hill Commission, will discuss the Legacy of the CCC in the Tug Hill region
Ann Harrison, Chief, Bureau of Environmental Education at NYSDEC, will share information about the
current Excelsior Conservation Corps, and Student Conservation Association projects at the NYSDEC.
Maria Cipullo, Thousand Islands Regional Trails Coordinator, Student Conservation Association
Supervisor, will share information about the current SCA environmental projects in Thousand Island