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The Civilian Conservation Corps’ Lasting Impact On Connecticut

Aug 25, 2017

In the midst of the Great Depression more than 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps — giving jobs to young men to support their families, while conserving the country’s wild lands and upgrading our state parks.

This hour, we revisit our show on the CCC’s impact in Connecticut and we hear from one “CCC boy” who is now 102 years old.

Former CCC boy Michael Popovich holds a copy of Marty Podskoch's book on the CCC in his West Hartford home.
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Historian and Connecticut author Marty Podskoch joins us. His latest book is called Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC.

Have you noticed the work of the CCC in state parks like Squantz Pond and Chatfield Hollow?  

And later, we learn about efforts to map old Native American trails on the East Coast.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, parts of which originally aired on June 30, 2017 and July 18, 2017.