LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will present a special program, "Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy of the CCC" at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at ADK's High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid.
This presentation is free and open to the public.Marty Podskoch, author and historian, while he talks about his new book and the "Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in the Adirondacks."
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public works program that operated from 1933 to 1942, as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It targeted single men, 18-25 years, and veterans in relief of families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression. The program provided unskilled manual labor to environmental conservation and to development of natural resources in rural lands. The earliest camps were set up in these Adirondack towns and counties: Arietta and Speculator (Hamilton); Bolton Landing (Warren); Tahawus, Newcomb, Schroon River, and Port Henry (Essex); Wanakena and Benson Mines (St. Lawrence); Paul Smiths, Goldsmiths, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, and Fish Creek Pond (Franklin). There were eventually 26 camps in the Adirondacks.
Podskoch is the author of five other books: "Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore," two Adirondack fire tower books: "Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts," and "Northern Districts." He also has two other books, "Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches" and "Adirondack Stories II: 101 More Historical Sketches," which are from his weekly-illustrated newspaper column.
ADK's Saturday Evening Lecture Series offers presentations on natural history, backcountry recreation, Adirondack history, art and music.
The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the New York State Forest Preserve and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education, responsible recreation and stewardship.
For more information, directions or questions about membership, contact ADK North Country office at Heart Lake at 518-523-3441 or visit www.adk.org.