For Immediate Release
December 17, 2004
Contact: Dan Gwadosky
State Officials Highlight New Online Resource about
Maine's Contribution to the Civilian Conservation Corps
AUGUSTA , MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky and Maine State Archivist Jim Henderson highlighted a new online source of information and depository of tributes and stories about residents who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The website offers CCC members and their relatives or friends an opportunity to contribute personal reflections, to connect with others who share this experience in common, and to learn more about the CCC's substantial work in Maine.
“The Civilian Conservation Corps impacted millions of lives and helped to sh ap e our landsc ap e. Many individuals in Maine have stories to tell about how the CCC influenced their family or community. We invite them to share those reflections, and to help us expand our body of knowledge about this important period in our history,” Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky and Maine Archivist Jim Henderson commented.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal public works program that put more than three million young men and adults to work during the Great Depression of the 1930s and 1940s in the United States . The CCC was active in Maine from 1933 through 1942, with 28 camp locations throughout the state. CCC members were engaged in a range of activities, including forest preservation initiatives, the building and maintenance of roads, trails and recreational facilities, as well as efforts devoted to fish and wildlife management.
In 1999, the Maine Legislature passed a bill to establish a memorial to honor those who served in the CCC and recognize their contributions. The memorial is located outside the Cultural Building in Augusta , which houses the Maine State Archives, Library and Museum. The legislation also required the State Archives to maintain a listing of individuals who served with the CCC in Maine. The online service opens up a new avenue for people to provide input and exchange information.
In addition to tributes, the website features a list of CCC camps that were located in Maine with information about the type of projects members conducted from each of these locations and the agency that supervised the camps' work. The site also contains photogr ap hs of CCC projects, as well as links to the relevant state law and national resources. The site can be easily accessed from the Secretary of State's homepage— www.maine.gov/sos.