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Sandi Lee
Public Services Coordinator
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3742

Roosevelt’s Tree Army Arrives at the Birmingham Public Library

“Digging Out of the Great Depression-Federal Programs at Work” Exhibit Opening and Lecture

Sunday, November 1, at 2 p.m. in Central’s Arrington Auditorium

October 20, 2009, Birmingham, AL— Have you traveled the road to Pea Vine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park? Stayed in a stone cabin at Cheaha State Park? Visited the Moundville Archeological Museum south of Tuscaloosa? These were built by the CCC, often called “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” during the Great Depression.

The CCC (the Civilian Conservation Corps) was one of the federal make-work projects of the era, one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.

Bob Pasquill, Alabama’s devoted historian of the Civilian Conservation Corp (the CCC), opens the Birmingham Public Library’s showcase of federal programs during the Great Depression. His illustrated talk takes place in the Birmingham Public Library’s Arrington Auditorium at 2 p.m. Brian Rushing of the Freshwater Land Trust will also speak, presenting the continuing legacy of Alabama’s CCC.

The work of the CCC in Alabama will also be highlighted in the “Digging Out of the Great Depression-Federal Programs at Work” exhibition which opens on November 1 in the Birmingham Public Library Gallery. Pasquill, an archeologist with the U. S. Forest Service, will sign copies of his book, A Great and Lasting Good-The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942 at the exhibit in the Library Gallery following his talk.

WHAT: Guest Lecture and Exhibit Opening for “Digging Out of the Great Depression-Federal Programs at Work”
WHERE: Arrington Auditorium in the Central Library
DATE: Sunday, November 1, 2009
TIME: 2:00pm
COST: Free
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