Presented by Kay Rippelmeyer, author of Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps & The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois
Join us for an inspiring presentation including many personal tales of deprivation, hard work, and of hope!
The Civilian Conservation Corps was the beginning of the environmental movement in the country, as conservation measures were taught to all the enrollees and taken home with them. It was a radical experiment and the least criticized of all FDR's New Deal programs.
This program will illustrate the CCC camps, their physical and organizational structure, work projects, sports and educational programs, from 1933-1942. CCC camps were located in many small towns of every state, including southern Illinois and western Kentucky. The CCC was one of the government's most popular programs and was a life saver for many families during the Depression.
Kay Rippelmeyer received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois in English Education, Master’s degree in Literature at Southern Illinois University and PhD in American Culture. At SIU Carbondale, Rippelmeyer worked at Special Collections in Morris Library and at the University Museum, researching and writing about southern Illinois history and directing several grant programs She also worked as a private consultant/researcher for the Illinois State Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the Dept. of Natural Resources, the Dixon Springs Ag Center, and the Barkhausen Wetlands Center. Rippelmeyer retired from SIU in 2008 to finish two books that she had been researching since 1987. The first published in 2010 was Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Her second book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois, published in February 2015, received the superior achievement award for scholarship from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2016. She currently serves as program liaison for the Illinois Humanities Council.
Evenings Upstairs Series: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern IL and Western KY Presented by Kay Rippelmeyer, author of Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps & The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois