The Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures Program and the Thomas Crane Public Library present 'A Celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Blue Hills'.
Sally Owen and Joan Pierce
Walking Tour: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.
(Raindate: Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.)
Library program: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m
In advance of Earth Day, we will celebrate the beginning of the U.S. environmental movement with the CCC in 1933! Tour participants will visit the remains of the CCC camp in the Blue Hills and view old photos of the camp as well as explore signs of spring.
The Library program will feature an American Experience documentary of the CCC and a silent movie filmed at the Blue Hills CCC camp, followed by an opportunity to meet with a New England CCC worker!
For walk, meet on Ridgewood Rd., Milton at intersection with Randolph Ave. (Rt. 28). Note: Ticks are everywhere in Mass., including the Blue Hills. To protect yourself from ticks on the tour, please go to the Mass. Dept. of Public Health website at www.mass.gov/dph/tick.
For movies, meet in Community Room, Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington St.
More details of Library program:
In March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt sent legislation to Congress aimed at providing relief for the one out of every four American workers who were unemployed in the Great Depression. He proposed a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide jobs in natural resource conservation. Over the next decade, the CCC put more than three million young men to work in the nation's forests, parks, and farms, including the Blue Hills Reservation, and marked the emergence of modern environmentalism and national service.
At the library, watch a 60-minute American Experience documentary that interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans, followed by a 15 minute silent film about the CCC in the Blue Hills, made in 1933 by Albert S. Genaske. After the film screenings, meet and chat with Eddie DeSantis, a New England CCC worker about his experience.
For more information and rain date rescheduling of walk, please call 617/472-0799.