Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tracking the Civilian Conservation Corps history

[Source: Patty Machelor, Daily Star] -- Edward L. Lindsey (pictured) credits the Civilian Conservation Corps with shaping his life, and saving a nation. At 93, this East Side resident calls the Great Depression years among the greatest of his life. "It saved us. What really happened … is it avoided a revolution because people were about to do just that," he said. "It created job opportunities for young men who didn't have any, and it got them off the streets." Tucsonan J.J. Lamb and other Arizona historians are working to preserve stories like Lindsey's to teach future generations about the CCC's role in Arizona. Last week, the Pima County Parklands Foundation received a $6,025 grant from the Arizona Humanities Council for a project called "The New Deal in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscape." Lamb, who is overseeing the project, said researchers are planning to record Arizona's top CCC projects. This includes an interpretive map on 100 Arizona New Deal projects, 1933-42. They also plan to catalog all of Arizona's CCC projects.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Daily Star.]