The Civilian Conservation Corps was a vital program of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The Corps offered work to unemployed young men with the goal of building good citizens through outdoor labor. From 1933 to 1942, in Georgia, 78,000 men were employed in 127 camps (approximately 30–35 camps operated at a time) across the state.
Chica Arndt with the Bloomingdale Historical Society will present a program about the CCC on Monday during the monthly meeting of the Bulloch County Historical Society. The meeting will get underway at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Pittman Park United Methodist Church.
Titled “The Boys of the CCC and Camp Ogeechee,” Arndt’s program will focus on the Civilian Conservation Corps’ Camp Ogeechee, which was located north of Bloomingdale on 100,000 acres of forested land left neglected during the Great Depression. The camp was in operation from 1933 to 1937. Arndt will discuss the men's daily lives and projects, as well as efforts to identify the last remnants of the camp.
The meeting is open to members of the Bulloch County Historical Society and guests are welcome. Lunch will be available for purchase. Call (912) 682-9003 for advance reservations.